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West Virginia is considered one of our nation's most patriotic states. This reputation was built by the extraordinary number of men and women who in the past have left the Mountain State to defend our country and by those West Virginians who now serve in U.S. military ranks. West Virginia has produced one of nation's highest per capita military service rates. Our veterans defended us. Now it is our turn to support, respect and defend our veterans.  The West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance works to improve the lives of West Virginia’s veterans and welcomes you to provide any feedback that might help us better serve our state’s heroes and their families.  


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West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance

Cabinet Secretary Dennis Davis         

May 25, 2017 IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       Contact: Randy Coleman (304-558-3661)


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery (DCKMSVC) will host two activities in observance of the Memorial Day holiday: a flag-placement observance on Sunday, May 28, and a flag-retirement ceremony on Monday, May 29. Both events start at noon.

The cemetery, which opened in 2012, is West Virginia’s only state-operated veterans cemetery. The DCKMSVC is located at 130 Academy Drive in Dunbar, behind the West Virginia State Police Academy.

“Memorial Day is extremely important to West Virginians. A high percentage of our state’s families include veterans. Some families have veterans from more than one generation, and many families have suffered through the ultimate sacrifice of losing a loved one who was serving our country,” said West Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Dennis Davis. 

“The flag placement and flag retirement ceremonies at our beautiful state cemetery have become an appropriate Memorial Day tradition.” 

On Sunday, following a brief ceremony at the cemetery’s Global War on Terrorism monument, American flags will be placed on every grave at the cemetery. Almost 700 men and women have been interred at the DCKMSVC, and anyone who wishes to honor them by assisting with the placement of flags is welcome to attend. 

On Monday, the DCKMSVC will host a flag-retirement ceremony. This ceremony is held to discard old and worn American flags, West Virginia flags and military branch flags. A formal ceremony will last roughly 30 minutes, although flags will continue to be retired until 2 p.m. Attendees will meet at the cemetery’s Committal Shelter at the back of the cemetery grounds.



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The Blue Knights Motorcycle Club in a Tribute Ride and Picnic to benefit the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Sunday, June 4, 2017. Registration begins at 12:00pm. For more information please call Harry Carpenter at 304-419-5001



The West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance has completed an enormously successful 2016, and the Department will no doubt build on last year’s momentum by continuing to recognize, help and work in tandem with veterans across the state to raise awareness and opportunities for the state’s 175,000-member community of former military men and women. Veterans Assistance Deputy Secretary Billy Wayne Bailey takes a look at some of those successes in column about some of the Department’s initiatives.


A Look Back 2016