Fort Knox to Host Memorial Day Ceremony, Annual Cemetery Visitation

From Fort Knox Public Affairs

FORT KNOX, KY – Fort Knox will host its Memorial Day ceremony at Brooks Parade Field at 11:30 a.m. May 26 as well as its annual cemetery visitation the same day.

The Memorial Day Ceremony is open to the general public and will take place at the main post flag pole located in front of Cadet Command headquarters. Brig. Gen. Troy Kok [coke], the commander of the 11th Aviation Command here, will host the ceremony in which a wreath will be laid honoring all U.S. service members who lost their lives in defense of the United States.

The ceremony will also feature a special tribute to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division Soldiers who have lost their lives in combat since the unit arrived here in 2009 as well as patriotic music from 113th United States Army Band, a 21-round cannon salute and the playing of Taps.

Memorial Day also marks the one day out of the year where the 121 cemeteries on Fort Knox will be open to the families and friends of those buried on post.  Access to the cemeteries will be made available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Fort Knox cultural resources and training range staff will be posted at eight checkpoints around the installation to help those seeking specific gravesites.  Those needing to locate checkpoints may call (502) 624-2125/6581 or visit the Fort Knox Welcome Center at the Chaffee (main) Gate for assistance.

Most of the cemeteries have ties to former area towns such as Stithton, Grahamton, and Pitts Point, as well as rural church cemeteries and family graveyards.  Additionally, some relatives of President Abraham Lincoln are buried on Fort Knox, to include his grandmother, Bathsheba (Bersheba) Lincoln.