13 April 2018



Submitted by: Knox PAO

Category: Post Events

Soldiers, Department of Defense civilian employees and area community members will gather on Fort Knox's Brooks Parade Field May 22 and form the letters FORT KNOX in recognition of the Army post’s 100 years of contributions to the U.S. military and partnership with the region.

Thousands of Soldiers in nearby West Point, Kentucky made a CAMP KNOX formation for a photo in 1918 as a salute to the military installation’s establishment. This historic image served as the inspiration to create a similar centennial photo but that also includes the greater Fort Knox community in appreciation of the active support that the surrounding communities and commonwealth have provided to the post through the years.

“We’re honored and humbled that Fort Knox is inviting area citizens,” said Brad Richardson, Hardin County Chamber of Commerce president/CEO. “It speaks to just how intertwined and close our communities really are. There’s a lot of excitement out there about the event, and we’re glad to play a part in celebrating 100 years of Fort Knox.”

Association of Defense Communities leaders will be present to make a flag presentation, recognizing the greater Fort Knox’s region’s status as one of just five military communities named a Great American Defense Community for 2018. The distinction highlights communities that have excelled in working together to improve the quality of life for service members and their families.

“We encourage everyone to come be a part of history,” said Maj. Gen. Chris Hughes, U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox commanding general. “It’s a great way for people to show their pride in Fort Knox and the incredible contributions to our local communities and their support for our Soldiers and their families over the last 100 years.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about notable Fort Knox history, buy commemorative centennial items and participate in other fun-filled activities. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase.

Civilians wishing to participate – whether Department of Defense civilian employees, military family members living on post or civilians from the surrounding communities – must go to the following website by April 27 for additional details and to sign up:

• Link: https://hardinchamber.com/fortknoxphoto

Soldier participation is being coordinated internally at Fort Knox.

Fort Knox officials anticipate thousands to participate.

NOTE: In case of inclement weather May 22, this event will occur May 23.

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