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Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery to Host Two Memorial Day Activities


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery (DCKMSVC) will be open to the public throughout the Memorial Day weekend and will host two different activities in observance of the holiday.

On Sunday, May 26, Girl Scout Troop number 1850 of Clendenin, West Virginia, will be placing American flags on every grave and niche at the cemetery. Approximately 100 brave men and women have been interred at the DCKMSVC and anyone who wishes to honor them by assisting with the flag placement is welcome to attend the event. The Girl Scouts and other volunteers will meet at the Cemetery’s Global War on Terrorism Monument at the end of the Memorial Walkway at 10 a.m.

On Monday, May 27, the DCKMSVC Honor Guard Association will hold a Flag Retirement Ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. These ceremonies are held so that old and worn American flags that are no longer appropriate emblems of our country may be discarded in the most dignified and patriotic manner possible. The formal ceremony will last approximately forty five minutes, though flags will continue to be retired until 3 p.m. The cemetery has already collected nearly 1,000 American flags and encourages individuals and organizations that have flags in need of retiring to bring them to the event. Attendees will meet at the cemetery’s Committal Shelter at the back of the cemetery grounds.

The DCKMSVC is located behind the West Virginia State Police Academy at 130 Academy Drive, Dunbar, WV 25064. The cemetery office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and Monday to guide and assist anyone who wishes to participate in these activities or who is interested in obtaining other information about the DCKMSVC.

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Contact Information

Heather Miles, 304-558-3661

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