Memorial Day Ceremony Honors Cpl. Simmons
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.
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
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.
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
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