On Thursday, a U.S. Air Force veteran, Staff Sgt. Karl Edward Stempien, became the 3,000th person interred at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central since it opened in June 2007. Stempien served 11 years in the Air Force, earning the Joint Service Commendation Medal for serving in the Gulf War era.
He joins 2,489 veterans and 510 dependent spouses and children interred at the cemetery. The total includes 11 service members who died on active duty, four of whom were killed in action.