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The Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery is a 354 acre facility designed to provide an honorable, dignified resting place for West Virginia’s cherished veterans and their closest family members. Throughout its lifetime, the cemetery will accommodate burial space for approximately 60,000 qualified individuals.
The cemetery is named after Donel C. Kinnard in recognition of his extraordinary valor and exemplary service to his country, fellow veterans, community and his state. Don completed seven tours of duty in Vietnam and was the most highly decorated veteran in Putnam County. During his retirement, he served as the state commander of the VFW, president of the Hurricane Lions Club and held membership in several military service organizations. Don played an instrumental role in the establishment of the state's 120-bed veterans nursing facility in Clarksburg and served as Chairman of the West Virginia Veterans Council. Before his passing on February 14, 2009, he asked that his final resting place be at the new state veterans cemetery.