Louisville Native Becomes 5,000th Interment at Hardin County Veterans Cemetery

Mar 24, 2017

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central in Radcliff
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The Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Radcliff has reached a milestone.

The Hardin County facility held its 5,000th interment Friday.

Louisville native Gisela Nagel was laid to rest at the 49-acre cemetery. She’s the wife of Specialist First Class Willard Nagel, a 20-year Army veteran who is also buriedthere.

Norman Arflack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, says it's a bittersweet occasion.

“Clearly, this is the least pleasant of our obligations to do—is provide a burial service for any service. But clearly we want to provide them the opportunity to be buried with the dignity they so richly deserve.”

The veterans cemetery in Radcliff mainly serves veteran and their family members from a 75 mile radius. It also serves active duty soldiers and their dependents serving at nearby Fort Knox.