Phased Re-Opening of KDVA State Veterans Cemeteries
UPDATE: In accordance with the new statewide mask mandate
from Governor Andy Beshear, all visitors to Kentucky Veterans Cemeteries MUST
wear face masks while on cemetery property unless they remain in their
cars. Thank you for your cooperation.
NOTE: Guidance is changing on a daily bases, so it is best
to call your State Veterans Cemetery for the current and most up-to-date information.
On June 1, KDVA began a phased re-opening of our five State Veterans Cemeteries.
- The Administration Building will be open to visitors only to the extent they can maintain six-feet social distancing.
- Directors will provide masks for all employees and offer masks to all visitors.
- Hand sanitizers will be provided at the entrance to the
Administration Building. All staff and visitors must use hand
- Memorial services will be conducted in accordance with
industry-specific guidance, including sanitizing chairs and the podium
in the Committal Shelter before each service.
- Gatherings in the committal shelter will be limited to service
participants and family, with seating and standing maintaining physical
distancing. Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear masks.
- Other guests, mourners and attendees should stay in their parked and
shut off cars, socializing through windows only at a distance of six
- Rifle teams for Military Honors will maintain physical distancing
from each other, the services and other guests. Military Honors team
members folding and presenting the flag will wear masks and gloves.
- Funeral directors will place flowers on the gravesite.
- Visitors to gravesites do not need to wear masks if they are members of the same family and do not interact with staff.
is the intent of KDVA to move from Healthy at Home to Healthy at work
while keeping our employees, veterans and their families healthy during
the COVID-19 pandemic. The State Cemeteries Branch will continue to
provide interments and perpetual care for all qualified veterans and
eligible family members in a dignified and compassionate manner worthy
of the respect and honor they richly deserve.
The mission of KDVA's Cemetery Branch is to ensure
dignified interment for veterans in a sacred space that stands as a
tribute to their service for the nation and the Commonwealth. KDVA
currently operates five State Veterans Cemeteries across the state.
Wreaths Ceremony 2020
On Friday Dec 11th, 2020 KVCSE conducted a Wreath laying at our Cemetery. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we modified our normal “get-together” and instead turned our ceremony into a 1000-1500 social distancing event. We invited the families to come as a family unit and place the wreaths on their loved ones graves at any time during that block of time.
To successfully accomplish this mission, we set out two tables filled with wreaths, and hand sanitizer (just in case). There was one wreath per grave and each family chose a wreath from the table and placed it on their loved ones grave. At the end of the time block, our grounds crew placed wreaths on those graves that did not have wreaths on them. The grounds crew then placed stakes on each wreath to ensure that they would remain in the ground. They also placed standing wreaths at the columbarium walls and at the POW/MIA flag, and American Flag at the entrance of the Cemetery.
We could not have done this without the support from the ones who helped secure the wreaths, tied the bows and even delivered them to our door. We also want to thank those who provide monetarily. Happy Holidays to you all.
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