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Families from lost villages around Fort Drum pay their respects on Memorial Day

At the start of World War II, Fort Drum expanded. Five villages and 360 farms became part of the base’s training lands. Even the village cemeteries became Army property. Every Memorial Day, training stops on Fort Drum and descendants of those farm families can visit the graves of their loved ones buried there. WRVO’s Julia Botero visited one of those cemeteries.

There are 13 cemeteries within Fort Drum’s boundary. Those who wish to visit gravesites located on base will need to follow normal gate procedures for entering Fort Drum. Visiting hours Monday are from noon to 5:00 p.m.