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WV National Cemetery Provides Services To Veterans, Family

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GRAFTON -

There are only two national cemeteries in West Virginia and they are both located in Grafton.

The West Virginia National Cemetery serves more than 184,000 West Virginia veterans.

Most veterans can remember their time in the service just like it was yesterday.

"I was a prisoner of war in Germany for ten months," said World War II Veteran Alfred Corbin. "Well, I had a tough life there."

Clide Judy can relate.

"I've been in Fairmont all my life," he said. "Except for four years while I was in the service as an Air Force pilot. I served from 1942 to 46."

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs aims to care for and support veterans and their families. 

It currently has 147 National Cemeteries, two of which are located in Grafton.

The National Cemetery Association provides veterans and their families with a place to be buried that will recognize their service to the United States.

"It is the only National Cemeteries in the entire state of West Virginia," said West Virginia National Cemeteries Director Mary Poe. "As an honorable discharged active duty veteran, they are entitled at no cost to buried. The entitlement is for the veteran, the spouse, and a dependent child."

The West Virginia National Cemetery was established on September 27, 1987.

It sits on 88 acres and more than 250 burials are conducted every year.

"It is an honor," she said. "It's something that they worked for and they served."

Cemetery staff members have all served in the military, and they aim to make the burial process as comfortable for families as possible.

"You know I worked for the federal government for 34 years and with the National Cemetery Administration, its the most rewarding job I ever had," Poe said. "To know that you can help someone through a traumatic time and offer them a place that is peaceful, tranquil, and will be maintained forever."

Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11.

If you would like some more information on the West Virginia National Cemetery, you can call the Administration Office at 304-265-2044.