Honoring America's Veterans

Pearl Harbor survivor Hal Mayo, a US Navy veteran (seated), shares a moment with Yosemite Ranger Gary Bias, a US Army veteran.

Pearl Harbor survivor Hal Mayo, a US Navy veteran (seated), shakes hands with Ranger Gary Bias, a US Army veteran, during a Warrior Hike event at Yosemite National Park this June.

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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.

The National Park Service invites all visitors to explore the sites that commemorate America's military conflicts and honor those who served.