Veterans and dependents interred at
all five state veterans cemeteries since first one opened in 2004.
Total Includes 12,357 Veterans, 26 KIA from Iraq/Afghanistan
RADCLIFF, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2021) – This
week, WWII Navy veteran Daniel E. Dowdle became the 16,000th interment
in the 17-year history of Kentucky’s state veterans cemeteries.
are deeply honored and humbled to provide a secure, dignified, and sacred place
for so many veterans,” said Keith L. Jackson, commissioner of the Kentucky
Department of Veterans Affairs. “The staff at our cemeteries work very hard to
ensure our veterans cemeteries are built and maintained to the highest
standards. For beauty, for dignity, for
security, I would rate our cemeteries as high as any state or federal veterans
cemeteries in the country.”
The very first
interment, that of Staff Sergeant Lemuel Graham, took place on March 1, 2004,
at the then brand-new Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville.
The goal of KDVA’s
Cemetery Program was to build five state veterans cemeteries across Kentucky,
spaced so that every veteran’s loved ones would be within 75 miles of a secure,
honorable, dignified place to rest.
Cemetery (KVC) Central, in Radcliff, opened in 2007; KVC North, in
Williamstown, opened in 2008; KVC North East, in Grayson, opened in 2010; and
KVC South East opened in Hyden in 2018.
veterans cemeteries are a point of pride for Kentucky,” said Governor Andy
Beshear. “They are tangible proof of not only how much we value and honor our
veterans, but the meticulous care and pride Kentuckians take in building to
last, and building to please the eye.”
Kentucky’s state veterans
cemeteries have interred veterans from the Civil War to Iraq and Afghanistan,
veterans who received the Medal of Honor, and active-duty service members
killed in action. Each and every one receives full military honors at
interment. KDVA maintains funds in its Burial Honors Program to ensure that.