Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West

Memorial Day Ceremony at KVCW on Monday, May 27, 2019 

Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Central TIme:

Presentation of Colors
VFW Honor Guard: Quentin Stone, Commander
Rifle Detail: Junior Letts, Don Hood
Flag Bearers: Ken Cunningham, Tommy Shehan
Opening Remarks: John Brame, Commander VFW Post 1913              
Introduction of guest speaker: John Brame, Commander VFW Post 1913
Guest Speaker: Chaplin Colonel US Army (Ret) Richard A. Cooper
Placing of Wreath: John Brame, Commander VFW Post 1913 and Richard Stanley, Director Ky Veterans Cemetery West
Taps: John Brown
Changing of the Cemetery Flag Flag Detail: Robert Aldridge, Ted Wood, Shawn Flanagan, Bud Wink, Richard Block
Benediction: William Poquette, Chaplin VFW Post 1913

Lunch following service at VFW Post 1913

Columbarium Expansion at KVCW

small Simmons Friends and Family.jpgThe new Columbarium Walls at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville are complete.

Pictures here.

Honoring One of the KDVA Family

small Simmons Friends and Family.jpgOn Nov. 15, KDVA honored Marine Veteran Joseph E. King, Sr., who died this year. He was the husband of longtime KDVA Veterans Benefits Field Representative Hope King and the father of their four children. 

KDVA Benefits and Cemetery Staff were present to dedicate the bench. From left, kneeling, Kim Ebelen, seated Carol Livingston, Hope King, Monica Acob, Renita Duff. Standing Ron McClure, Ray Harris, Matt Gadson, Gary Greenfield, Matt LaPierre, Scott Burton, Jonathan Tatum, Terry Cansler, Ed Day.

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Memorial Day Ceremony Honors Cpl. Simmons

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On May 29, the Memorial Day Ceremony at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville honored Hopkinsville native Corporal Windell J. Simmons, who died September 23, 2006 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He died of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat operations in Taji, Iraq. He was 20 years old.

See more photos here.

Honoring Veterans With Wreaths

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West welcomes friends, family and volunteers to place wreaths on headstones at 11 a.m. Central time on Saturday, Dec. 17. Family members who wish to place wreaths may arrive at 10:30 a.m. Central.

Memorial Day
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VFW Post 1913 hosted Memorial Day services at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville again this year. The Pennyrile Honor Guard presented the colors. Lincoln Foster and Robert Kaminiski were Guest Speakers. John Brame, Commander of VFW Post 1913, and KVCW Director Richard Stanley placed the wreath. John Brown played taps.

More pictures here.


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Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West is located on 99 acres on Route 41A south of Hopkinsville at mile marker 11. It opened in 2004.  As of May 30, 2013, it has interred 2,314, including 1,748 veterans, 566 dependents and 17 service members killed in action.

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KVCW Director Richard Stanley, left, with the KVCW staff, presents an original painting of the cemetery to KDVA Commissioner Heather French Henry during her visit to Hopkinsville May 9, 2015.

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West
5817 Fort Campbell Boulevard
Hopkinsville, KY  42240
Phone:  270-889-6106
Fax:  270-889-6109

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.


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