Cherishing Memories of Vets This Holiday Season
The Ashland Beacon
As the United States of America’s flag flies at half-staff in honor of the 41st President, George H.W. Bush, hundreds of family members and fellow veterans converged on Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East in Greenup County to lay Christmas wreaths on the graves of loved ones.
Larry Ronk, Vice President of Ashland Star Chapter 256, comes every year to honor his best friend, CT02 Daniel L. Rockwell, a U.S. Navy veteran who served in the Persian Gulf, Somalia and Kuwait. “He died too young and I promised him that I would be here every year. I always send a picture of the wreath on his headstone to his daughter,” said Ronk.
The Veterans Cemetery is located in EastPark on the Industrial Parkway and burial is “100 percent free for veterans,” said Frank Kees, executive director of the cemetery.” Kees added that “while there is no cost for opening and closing the grave, a grave liner, head stone and perpetual care for the veterans, spouses may be interred for a fee.
“Today we are paying tribute to the veterans that have served before us,” said Terry Rice, who is active in the American Legion and Patriot Guard Riders.
The Christmas wreaths are provided by the Ladies Auxiliary of Greenup Amvets Post 95. They are artificial, used year after year, replaced when worn and new ones are bought for each additional headstone placed in the cemetery during the year.
Kees said that “it is always beautiful out here with all the wreaths, but he loves it when there is a little snow on the ground. Snow and Christmas wreaths make a beautiful picture.”
The cemetery also hopes to continue the long-standing tradition and honoring veterans and asks for donations for the wreath fund. To donate to the wreath fund contact the cemetery.