Sites of Remembrance

Photo of ranger at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
Ranger James Pierce, who was injured while serving in Afghanistan, tours the newly opened American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Photo: DOI/Tami Heilemann


The National Park Service has the honor of preserving battlefields, military parks, and historic sites that commemorate and honor the service of American veterans. The newest site, the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, was dedicated on October 5, 2014 in Washington, D.C. and honors the strength and sacrifice of all disabled veterans, past, present and future, who have served or will serve in our nation's military forces.

In 2014, the National Park Service commemorates Civil War 150th anniversaries in several parks:

This Veterans Day, November 11, 2014, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees to all parks for all visitors.What better way to honor those who served their country than to visit a national park that preserves the places where they fought?

French & Indian War American Revolution
War of 1812 Mexican-American War
American Civil War American Indian Wars
World War II Cold War
Korean War War in Vietnam

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National Cemeteries
Additional Resources

French & Indian War
This was a seven-year struggle between Great Britain and France for control of North America. It paved the way for the American colonists' fight for their independence from Great Britain a generation later.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Pennsylvania


The American Revolution
Fought from 1775 through 1783, America's Revolutionary War resulted in the independence of the United States of America. Battles were fought from Maine to Florida and as far west as Arkansas and Louisiana. Places such as Bunker Hill, Cowpens and Yorktown entered the American consciousness and lexicon, and are today preserved by the National Park Service, allowing visitors to stand in the spot where the Founding Fathers debated whether to break away from England, or where patriots fought.

Boston National Historical Park
Massachussetts
Cowpens National Battlefield
South Carolina
Fort Moultrie National Monument
South Carolina
Fort Stanwix National Monument
New York
George Rogers Clark
National Historical Park
Indiana
Guilford Courthouse
National Military Park
North Carolina
Independence National Historical Park
Pennsylvania
Kings Mountain National Military Park
South Carolina
Minute Man National Historical Park
Massachusetts
Moores Creek National Battlefield
North Carolina
Morristown National Historical Park
New Jersey
Ninety Six National Historic Site
South Carolina
Overmountain Victory National
Historic Trail
North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
Saratoga National Historical Park
New York
Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve (Thomas Creek Battle Site)
Florida
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Pennsylvania


The War of 1812
The American leaders who declared war on Great Britain in 1812 firmly believed they were beginning a second war of independence and, although the United States failed to achieve many of its war aims (including the conquest of Canada), the War of 1812 confirmed American nationhood and secured a new respect for the infant republic among the powers of Europe.

Castle Clinton
National Monument
New York
Chalmette Battlefield
(Jean Lafitte National Historical Park)
Louisiana
Fort McHenry National Monument
& Historic Shrine
Maryland
Horseshoe Bend
National Military Park
Alabama
Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial
Ohio
River Raisin National Battlefield Park
Michigan


The Mexican-American War
The Mexican-American War was fought from 1846 to 1848, sparked in part by the U.S. annexation of Texas, which Mexico considered part of its territory. Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park preserves the site of the conflict's first battle and provides an understanding of the causes, events, and consequences of the first war between independent republics.

Fort Scott National Historic Site
Kansas
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site
Texas


The American Civil War
From 1861 to 1865, the American union was broken as brother fought brother in a Civil War that remains a defining moment in our nation's history. Its causes and consequences, including the continuing struggle for civil rights for all Americans, reverberate to this day. From the war's outbreak at Fort Sumter, to the largest battle fought at Gettysburg, to the closing chapter at Appomattox Court House, more than 40 Civil War battlefields are preserved by the National Park Service.

African American Civil War Memorial
Washington, D.C.
Andersonville National Historic Site
Georgia
Antietam
National Battlefield

Maryland
Appomattox Court House
National Historical Park

Virginia
Arkansas Post
National Memorial

Arkansas
Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial
Virginia
Brices Crossroads
National Battlefield Site

Mississippi
Cedar Creek & Belle Grove
National Historical Park

Virginia
Civil War Defenses
of Washington

Washington, D.C.
Chickamauga and Chattanooga
National Military Park

Georgia
Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Tennessee
Fort Monroe National Monument
Virginia
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Georgia
Fort Sumter National Monument
South Carolina
Fort Washington Park
Maryland
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania
National Military Park

Virginia
Gettysburg National Military Park
Pennsylvania
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland
Kennesaw Mountain
National Battlefield Park

Georgia
Manassas National Battlefield Park
Virginia
Monocacy National Battlefield
Maryland
Pea Ridge National Military Park
Arkansas
Petersburg National Battlefield
Virginia
Richmond National Battlefield Park
Virginia
Shiloh National Military Park
Tennessee
Stones River National Battlefield
Tennessee
Tupelo National Battlefield
Mississippi
Vicksburg National Military Park
Mississippi
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
Missouri


The American Indian Wars
During the late 19th century, as the United States sought to expand its territory further and further west, a policy of removing the American Indians from tribal lands was adopted. The resulting distrust and broken promises ultimately led to violence, and more than 1,500 armed conflicts were fought during the Indian wars. Today, the National Park Service preserves several of the battlefield sites of the Indian War and interprets its effect on native peoples and their cultures.

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
Colorado
Big Hole National Battlefield
Montana
Fort Bowie National Historic Site
Arizona
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Texas
Fort Laramie National Historic Site
Wyoming
Fort Larned National Historic Site
Kansas
Fort Scott National Historic Site
Kansas
Fort Smith National Historic Site
Arkansas, Oklahoma
Fort Union National Monument
New Mexico
Fort Point National Historic Site
California
Little Bighorn Battlefield
National Monument

Montana
Nez Perce National Historical Park
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
Sand Creek Massacre
National Historic Site

Colorado
Washita Battlefield
National Historic Site

Oklahoma


World War II
More than 16 million Americans served in the armed forces during the global conflict that was World War II. However, like no American war fought before or since, the entire industrial, economic, and scientific capabilities of the United States were employed in winning the war. The National Park Service sites commemmorating World War II reflect both military and civilian contributions.

Aleutian World War
II National Historic Area
Alaska
American Memorial Park
Northern Mariana Islands
National World War II Memorial
Washington, D.C.
Cabrillo National Monument
California
Fort Point National Historic Site
California
Port Chicago Naval Magazine
National Memorial
California
Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park
California
War in the Pacific
National Historical Park
Guam

World War II Valor in the Pacific
National Monument
Hawaii, Alaska, California

The Cold War
The nearly 50-year period of political and military tension between the Western world and communist countries known as the Cold War led to the development and proliferation of nuclear weapons by both sides. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site tells the story of these weapons that not only held the power to destroy civilization, but also served as a nuclear deterrent which maintained peace and prevented war.

Korean War
From 1950 to 1953, the United States joined with United Nations forces in Korea to take a stand against what was deemed a threat to democratic nations worldwide. At war's end, a million and a half American veterans returned to a peacetime world of families, homes, and jobs - and to a country long reluctant to view the Korean War as something to memorialize. Dedicated in 1992, the Korean War Veterans Memorial commemorates those who served in the conflict.

War in Vietnam
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial serves as a testament to the sacrifice of American military personnel during one of this nation's least popular wars. The memorial consists of three distinct sections - "The Wall," the three servicemen statue and flagpole, and the women in service to the Vietnam War statue. The purpose of this memorial is to separate the issue of the sacrifices of the veterans from the U.S. policy in the war, thereby creating a venue for reconciliation for this divisive conflict.