There are approximately 116 historic cemeteries at Fort Knox, most of which belonged to families or church communities that once occupied the land that now makes up the installation. Among those buried are members of historic Boone and Lincoln families. These cemeteries embody the history of the Fort Knox area and are an important part of the heritage of the United States.
Each year on Memorial Day, Fort Knox holds ceremony to honor all U.S. service members who lost their lives in defense of the United States. Memorial Day also marks the day of the year when the 116 cemeteries are open to the families of the more than 3,500 people buried on post. Access to the cemeteries is typically made available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Fort Knox Range Operations and Cultural Resources staff will be posted at six checkpoints around the installation to help those seeking specific gravesites. Those needing to locate checkpoints should visit the Fort Knox Visitor Center at the Chaffee (main) Gate to obtain a map.
For cemetery visitation, all visitors ages 18 and older must be prepared to provide a valid driver’s license and cell phone number when entering any checkpoint. All vehicles are subject to search upon entry. Prohibited items include firearms, alcohol or glass containers of any kind, digging implements and metal detectors. Visitors are required to stay on the established road network while in the range complex.