Here's How To Access Fort Drum For Trooper Davis' ServicesPosted: Updated:
The calling hours and funeral for fallen state Trooper Joel Davis are expected to draw thousands of people to Fort Drum Friday and Saturday.
Access to Fort Drum is usually very restricted, but people won't need to show identification to get on post to pay their respects -- as long as they use the right gate.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fort Drum's Magrath Sports Complex.
Calling hours for the public will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, also at the sports complex.
State police officials say they expect anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 law enforcement personnel to attend from throughout the U.S. and Canada.
"We are definitely planning for a capacity crowd," Fort Drum Public Affairs Director Julie Halpin said.
The Magrath Sports Complex holds a couple thousand people and tents will be set up outside for the overflow.
"I think it's a really big deal, not because it's on Fort Drum and not because of how well everyone is working together," Halpin said. "It's a really big deal because of who he was."
People attending the funeral or calling hours are to use the 45th Infantry gate off State Route 26. There will be signs directing people from routes 11 and 3.
People will not have to provide ID at the gate. Fort Drum officials will secure the route to the Magrath Sports Complex while the gate's open.
"If you don't have photo ID, it doesn't mean you can't come on post," Halpin said. "We will have the area between the gate and Magrath gym -- which is actually pretty close together -- it will be entirely secure by law enforcement."
The gate will open at 1 p.m. on Friday for calling hours and at 9 a.m. on Saturday for the funeral.
A procession will leave Fort Drum after the funeral, pass through Watertown's Public Square, and up Washington Street to Brookside Cemetery, where Davis will be laid to rest in a private ceremony.
You can watch the funeral live on 7 News. It airs at 1 p.m. on Saturday.