Fort Knox provides cemetery access on holiday

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Contact cultural resource staff for information about grave sites

In honor of Memorial Day, Fort Knox will open its gates to all individuals interested in visiting the installation’s 121 cemeteries from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

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, including his grandmother, Bathsheba (Bersheba) Lincoln.

Several checkpoints, which will be manned by Fort Knox Directorate of Emergency Services and range personnel, will be opened along the installation’s perimeter to ease access to some of the more remote cemeteries. Checkpoint staff will screen visitors prior to granting installation entry and will provide assistance to those seeking specific grave sites.

Visitors should be prepared to present a valid driver’s license and cell phone number before entering the installation. As a reminder, firearms, alcohol, glass containers of any kind, digging implements and metal detectors will not be allowed on post as part of this event.

For additional information on the locations of specific grave sites and appropriate checkpoints, call (502) 624-6591 beginning at 8 a.m. Monday. Additionally, Fort Knox Cultural Resources Staff will be available to answer visitor questions at the Chaffee Main Gate’s Welcome Center Monday.