State Veterans Cemetery Seeking Additional Honor Guard Members
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance (WVDVA) today announced the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery (DCKMSVC) is seeking additional volunteers to be part of its dedicated Honor Guard.
An initial Honor Guard tryout was held at the cemetery grounds last month and one team was established. Administrators hope to secure at least two more teams, each made up of nine members.
Honorably discharged veterans, reservists or guardsmen residing in Kanawha County or the adjacent counties of Roane, Clay, Nicholas, Fayette, Raleigh, Boone, Lincoln, Putnam or Jackson are invited to participate. Practices are scheduled to take place at the cemetery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday. All interested individuals should bring a copy of their DD-214 or Certificate of Honorable Discharge.
Volunteers should be advised that the DCKMSVC Dedicated Honor Guard is unique from traditional Honor Guards in that teams are called upon to provide honors not for a single burial, but for all funerals held at the facility on a given day. To accommodate this, the Honor Guard is provided a private break room and locker room.
Honor Guard duties will commence immediately after the cemetery’s official opening, expected to take place by early summer.
For additional information please contact Rick Given at 304-965-3541 or Larissa Wines at 304-746-0026.
Heather Miles: 304-558-3661