Fort Knox is at the heart of key events and opportunities planned for Memorial Day in the area. Both major events are open to the public.
Fort Knox will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central May 30, beginning at 11:30 a.m., in honor of all service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the nation.
U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox Commander Maj. Gen. Johnny Davis will be the ceremony’s keynote speaker. The event will also include a ceremonial wreath laying, 21-gun salute, Prisoners of War/Missing in Action remembrance ceremony, flag folding and the playing of taps.
On the same day, the installation’s 118 known cemeteries will be open to the public for family and friends of those buried at Fort Knox so they can visit the graves and pay respects.
The post’s open cemetery visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those needing to locate checkpoints may visit the Fort Knox Visitor Center at the Chaffee (main) Gate to obtain an event-specific map or speak with the Cultural Resources team for further assistance. Fort Knox Range Operations staff will be posted at checkpoints located around the installation perimeter to help those seeking directions to specific gravesites.
There are more than 3,500 people buried on post. Several of the cemeteries have ties to former area towns such as Stithton, Grahamton, and Pitts Point; and others were rural church cemeteries and family graveyards. Additionally, some relatives of President Abraham Lincoln are buried at Fort Knox, to include his grandmother, Bathsheba (Bersheba) Lincoln.
All visitors ages 18 and older will need to provide a valid driver’s license and cell phone number when entering any checkpoint. All vehicles are subject to search upon entry to the installation. Prohibited items include firearms, alcohol or glass containers of any kind, digging implements and metal detectors. Visitors must stay on the established road network while in the range complex.
For more information on installation access and pass requirements, visit the official Fort Knox website at Access Control :: U.S. Army Fort Knox: Gold Standard Army Installation.