Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West

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5,000th Interment at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West (KVCW) in Hopkinsville placed its 5,000th interment on Monday January 25, 2021 at 9:00 am.

The veteran interred was PI Jeffery Allen Smith (E-3) of the US Navy.  PI Smith was born on September 16, 1952 and passed away on January 13, 2021. PI Smith served his country honorably during the Vietnam period. His dates of service are from July 27, 1970 to July 22, 1974.

PI Smith will be interred in the columbarium wall in niche CW1-4-24 .

KVCW was Kentucky’s first State Veterans Cemetery.  It opened in March 2004.

Below is a copy of PI Smith’s online obituary and picture:

 

Obituary for Jeffery "Smitty" Smith

Jeffery Allen (Smitty) Smith, age 68 of Eddyville, died at 4:35 a.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at his home in Lyon County. He was preceded in death by parents Jack D. Smith and Mary Margaret Warwick Smith. He is survived by his son Matthew Smith and wife Amanda Smith of Erie Colorado, two grandsons Lake Allen Smith and Tanner Lee Smith both of Erie Colorado. He was a U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran stationed on the USS Forrestal CV-59, a member of the V.F.W. and lifetime member of the Howard County Vietnam Veterans Organization. There will be a private memorial service held at a later time at Veterans West National Cemetery in Hopkinsville, KY. Dunn's Funeral Home in Eddyville is in charge of the arrangements. Smitty would want everyone to crack open a cold one and remember the good times.

 

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. 

In a Memo to State Veterans Cemetery Directors, KDVA Commissioner Keith Jackson detailed the Phase I restrictions and protections for visitation, services and burial honors.

Those include:

  • 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 sanitizer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
It 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.

Mission

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

small Simmons Friends and Family.jpgKentucky Veterans Cemetery West invited families of veterans interred there to help place more than 3,300 wreaths on Dec. 19.









Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West
5817 Fort Campbell Boulevard
Hopkinsville, KY  42240
Phone:  270-889-6106
Fax:  270-889-6109
Email: kdva.kvcw@ky.gov  



Qualifications
According to Kentucky law, the individual must be a Kentucky veteran for burial at one of the state veteran cemeteries.  Examples include: born in KY, served at one of the U.S. military installations in KY, lived in KY, home of record in KY.


Hours of Operation

Kentucky's State Veterans Cemeteries are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Normal business hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, not including state holidays.  Interments take place on non-holiday weekdays only.  Saturdays, Sundays and holidays are reserved for families and loved ones of those interred to visit in peace and quiet.

Services

Total interment services include: 

  •  Furnishing grave or columbarium space
  • Opening and closing the grave
  • Providing the interment site with perpetual care
  • Supplying a suitable marker or headstone
  • Furnishing an optional concrete grave liner for casketed burials


In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, this Department’s services, assistance, and activities are available to all without regard to race, color, or national origin.