West Milton Rotary – November 24, 2014



Raymond Landis, program host, invited Dan Barford, Administrative Support Assistant for the VA National Cemetery, as the guest speaker for the November 24 West Milton Rotary Club meeting.  Dan, a former funeral director in West Milton for four years and a former West Milton Rotarian.  Dan began his presentation by showing a short video produced by the National VA Cemetery Administration on the more than 130 National Cemeteries in the United States and the simple process it takes for veterans to make use of the cemeteries for themselves or spouses.  Dan also shared the Mission Statement, vision of the cemeteries, and the special care of the grounds.  He showed pictures of the local VA Cemetery at 4400 West Third Street in Dayton and commented on some of the significant veterans buried there.  There is a Soldiers Monument dedicated by President Hayes in 1877.  The Dayton National Cemetery was established in 1867 and serves an estimated 170,000 veterans in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.  It is situated on 98 acres and the cemetery accommodates casketed and cremated remains.  Over 900 burials are conducted each year.  There are five Medal of Honor recipients interred there.  Gravesites are assigned by the cemetery and cannot be selected in advance.  The Veteran and spouse are interred in the same grave.  Military honors are provided by the Department of Defense and are to be arranged by the funeral director.  Much more information can be found on their website of www.cem.va.gov.


R. Landis, D. Barford
R. Landis, D. Barford




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