Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East

No Memorial Day Ceremony at KVCSE

This year, there will be no Memorial Day Ceremony at KVCSE, due to restrictions from the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

The cemetery will be open to visitors who observe the 10-person group limit and who maintain physical distancing of six feet from each other. There will be grave flags at each headstone and the carillon will play patriotic music. KVCSE staff will be present at the Administrative Building to direct visitors to specific grave. 

KDVA Commissioner Keith Jackson sends this message: 

This Memorial Day, we will be remembering our veterans who have passed not by gathering by the hundreds at veterans cemeteries, not by bringing large groups of family and friends to place flowers on graves, not by crowding together to hear speeches, but by staying apart to protect each other and the nation those veterans died to preserve. 

We do not have to attend big ceremonies to honor our fallen heroes – we can honor them in our homes. We do not have to hear patriotic music to remember what they did – we see the success of their sacrifice around us every day. On this Memorial Day, take strength and determination and renewed commitment from their example, and keep fighting to save all our loved ones from the pandemic that threatens us all. 

I remind you to join Americans everywhere for the Memorial Day National Moment of Remembrance, legislated by Congress and proclaimed by the President, on Monday, May 25 at three o’clock. Wherever you are, please pause for one minute in this act of national unity to demonstrate your gratitude and respect for those who died for our freedom. 

Wreaths Ceremony Dec. 7

small Simmons Friends and Family.jpgKentucky Veterans Cemetery South East's Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019.

Veterans Day Ceremony

74670639_545780042891013_1315824438708535296_n.jpgClear, sunny skies brightened the Veterans Day ceremony at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East in Hyden. KDVA's newest veterans cemetery contiinued its Veterans Day tradition of displaying photographs of local veterans. Administrative Assistant Shannon Ritchie wrote on Monday: Today, the Veterans Day program, was hosted at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East. We would like to thank all those who attended and helped us celebrate our heroes. A special thank you to DAV Post 133, Mayor Carol Joseph and the City of Hyden, Leslie County High School Students, Perry County Central JROTC, and James Lewis and his crew. Thank you all! Also, a special thank you to each and every Veteran on this day and every day!!

9-11 Commemoration Service
veteran.jpgOn September 11, 2019, Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East in Hyden held a Commemoration Service. Those who took part included DAV Post 133, Mayor Carol Joseph and the City of Hyden, Mountain View Elementary School (Grades 5th & 8th), Hannah & Hailey Joseph from Leslie County High School, and the Leslie County High School Band. We remember... . 

More pictures here.

Fourth of July Aerial Photos

veteran.jpgKenneth Jones took these drone photos over Fourth of July weekend at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East in Hyden. . 

More pictures here.

Indigent Veteran Buried With Honor

veteran.jpgThanks in part to the efforts of the staff at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East, a veteran who died in Hazard last week far from his family received a dignified interment, with full burial honors, surrounded by more than 100 people he never knew, but nevertheless showed up to honor his service. “Family is more than just blood,” KVCSE Director Vaughda Wooten said. And on Monday in Hyden, it showed. Maggard Funeral Home donated the casket, and Kentucky's Indigent Veteran Burial Program covered the funeral costs. 

More pictures here.   News video here.

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.

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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