Cabinet Secretary Dennis Davis
May 25, 2017 … IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Randy Coleman (304-558-3661)
STATE VETERANS CEMETERY TO HOST TWO MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES
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.