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Memorial Day Observance Features Riverside Cemetery Chapel Rededication

All are welcomed to attend the annual VFW Post 1913 Memorial Day Observances on Monday, May 26.  The first event begins at 9:00 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery on North Main and will feature rededication of the cemetery chapel.  

The Riverside memorial program will include remarks by Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp and Christian County Historian William Turner.  VFW Post 1913 Commander John Brame will serve as Master of Ceremonies.  The ceremony will also feature presentation of colors by the Pennyrile Honor Guard, taps played by Johnny C. Brown, and a wreath laying.  Boy Scouts from Troop 123 will also provide flags. 

The Riverside Cemetery ceremony will be followed by a commemoration at 11:00 a.m. at Kentucky Veteran’s Cemetery West on 41A, just south of Hopkinsville at mile marker 11.  The event will include remarks, a wreath laying, and the annual furnishing of a new American flag. 

Mayor Kemp extends his heartfelt thanks to those instrumental in bringing the Riverside Cemetery chapel rehabilitation project to life.  They include County Historian William Turner and contractorssuch asDone Right Remodeling; W&R Services, Inc.; Ty Thomas Painting; Westerfield Builders, Inc.; Jesco Electric; and Ivy Glass & Metal.  Also key to the project’s success were city staff members Mike Perry, Terry Mathis, and Tommy and Anne Casey.  

Resources for the $71,524 renovation project came from a designated city perpetual care trust account funded by interest on cemetery plot sales revenue.  

For additional information about Memorial Day events, please contact VFW Commander John Brame by phone at (270) 886-7891 or by email at