Hancock said volunteers are welcome to help with this year's event, which will be held at the Committal Shelter at the back of the cemetery grounds.
The cemetery will be open to the public throughout Memorial Day weekend.
On Sunday, Girl Scout Troop No. 1850 of Clendenin will place American flags on every grave and niche. The remains of about 100 men and women have been interred at the cemetery. The Girl Scouts and other volunteers will meet at the Global War on Terrorism Monument at the end of Memorial Walkway at 10 a.m.
The cemetery opened on Memorial Day of 2012. Donel C. Kinnard was a Vietnam veteran who retired from the Navy after 22 years of service, during which he was awarded the Navy Cross, seven Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He was a vocal advocate for Veterans Affairs on the state and federal levels following his retirement. He died in 2009 at age 72. He was cremated, and his ashes were the first interred at the cemetery.
Construction of the cemetery was funded with $14.1 million provided by a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs State Cemetery Grant. Dow Chemical Corp. donated the land next to the West Virginia State Police Academy in Institute. The cemetery will be able to accommodate 60,000 graves and is operated with assistance from veterans' organizations and volunteers.
Any honorably discharged veteran with at least 24 months of active duty, along with any service member killed on active duty or medically discharged prior to 24 months, is eligible to be buried in the cemetery free of charge.
Spouses and minor children are eligible for a fee of $700. The veteran does not have to pre-decease the dependent.
The cemetery is located at 130 Academy Drive. The cemetery office will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday. The telephone number is 304-746-0026.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.
Other Lifestyles HeadlinesThe Feminist that Dad Raised