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Joshua Tree Free To Veterans This Saturday

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Date: November 8, 2006
Contact: Joe Zarki

Beginning this Veterans Day, November 11, 2006, U.S. veterans, members of the U.S. armed forces and their families will be admitted free-of-charge on Veterans Day to most public lands managed by the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture. The administrative fee waiver of entrance fees will apply annually on Veterans Day at public recreation lands managed by Interior’s National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation and Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service. Joshua Tree National Park is honored to recognize the service of our veterans by waiving their entrance fees on Saturday.

“I invite everyone to visit our many national parks that preserve and commemorate the sacrifices and achievements of the men and women who have fought in America’s wars,” said Mary A. Bomar, director of the National Park Service. “As we approach Veteran’s Day, what better way to learn about the hallowed places preserved in the National Park System and to honor the sacrifices of our veterans, than by visiting a national park.” The National Park Service has developed and made available a web site to help plan visits to NPS sites that preserve the military and veteran heritage of our nation. By logging onto the Honor America’s Veterans at Battlefields and Military Park Preserved in the National Park System website at: http://www.nps.gov/pub_aff/veterans/honor.htm, people can learn of the many special places managed by the National Park Service. In addition to a list of national park sites, the web site includes information and web links to books and documents related to the theme of battlefields and military parks.

More information about Joshua Tree National Park and Veteran’s Day weekend activities can be found at the park’s web site at: http://www.nps.gov/jotr, or by calling the park at 760-367-5500.

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Desert Queen Ranch branding iron

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