Honoring America's Veterans
Many national parks have direct connections to the military - there are dozens of battlefields, military parks, and historic sites that commemorate and honor the service of American veterans. In addition, every national park is part of our collective identity that defines who we are and where we came from as a nation. They are tactile reminders of the values, the ideals, the freedoms that our veterans protect.
The majestic landscapes, natural wonders, and patriotic icons that we cherish as a society have also inspired military members through the years. The Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, the USS Arizona Memorial, and the Statue of Liberty are just a few of the national parks that have served as reminders of home to those stationed abroad. On Veterans Day, or any day, honor those that have served and sacrificed for our country with a visit to a national park.
This Veterans Day weekend, November 9-11, 2013, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees to all parks for all visitors. And, don't forget to join us for a variety of programs and events across the country.
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Veterans Day Video
Meet Dan Hottle, a combat veteran and National Park Service ranger. Hear the role that national parks played in his transition back to the U.S. from Afghanistan.
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