Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East

Memorial Day Ceremony 11 a.m. Monday, May 27, 2019

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KVCSE Carillon Dedicated

Since 2007, Joe Doebler of AMVETS worked tirelessly to ensure that all five Kentucky State Veterans Cemeteries had a carillon sponsored by the AMVETS National Service Foundation. Doebler died this year before the KVCSE Carillon was installed, but his spirit was evoked on Thursday, Dec. 13, by all the speakers, who remembered his long service - 65 years - to serving the veterans of Kentucky. 

At left are KVCSE Director Vaughda Wooten and KDVA Cemeteries Executive Director Jeff Acob.

Wreaths at KVCSE

On Saturday, Dec. 8, Kentucky's newest state Veterans Cemetery held its first Wreaths Ceremony. Veterans, family and friends turned out to place wreaths donated by local businesses. The wreaths were donated by Hometown Pharmacy (Derek Lewis), The Law Office of Brian Couch (Brian Couch & Johnathan Fugate), Gay Excavating, and Mountain Florist. The people who helped place the wreaths areFred & Tina Fugate, Tasha Boggs-Gay & Hayden Gay, Holly Napier, Charlie & Carol Fields, Derek, Brittany, & Athena Lewis, and not pictured was Eugenia Napier.

Memorial Day at KVCSE on Monday

There were only a few graves to visit barely a month after opening, but as usual the Hyden community turned out for a ceremony at Kentucky’s newest veterans cemetery. The ceremony featurds the “Soldiers of the Clouds” ceremony performed by the Perry County Central High School Junior ROTC. They also posted the colors and place flags on the graves. 

SGT Sandlin Comes Home

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During the 100th Centennial of WWI, It was "meet and fitting" that the first veteran interred at Kentucky's newest state veterans cemetery be World War I Medal of Honor recipient and Hyden resident SGT Willie Sandlin.

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Sandlin Ceremony Press Release

KVCSE Dedication

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Days of rain let up just in time for the April 26 Dedication of Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East in Hyden. The keynote speaker was federal VA Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves, who complimented KDVA on completing its fifth and final cemetery, and said "Kentucky know how to treat its veterans."

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 Hyden Dedication Press Release

$6 Million Check Presentation

Check Presentation 15.jpgFederal VA representative George Eisenbach, director of the Veterans Cemetery Grant Program, presented a check for $6 million to Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton in a ceremony at the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music in Hyden Jan. 11.  More than 100 veterans, family and friends from Leslie and surrounding counties turned out to celebrate and support the new cemetery, as well as local, state and federal officials.

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Two Videos from WYMT here and here

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 Meet Vaughda Wooten, Director of Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East

The director of Kentucky's fifth State Veterans Cemetery is a retired Army First Sergeant and Desert Storm veteran.  After 22 years in the military, she taught Senior ROTC at the University of California at Santa Barabara (UCSB) and Junior ROTC in Mason County and Elliott County.  She is a native of Perry County, just next door to KVCSE's home in Leslie County.
"This work is exactly what I want to do now," she says.  "I can't imagine anything better than making sure that all veterans receive the honor of a dignified interment."

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East
1280 KY Highway 118 (Tim Couch Pass)
Hyden, KY  41749
Phone:  606 672-2750