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Thanking America’s Armed Forces Active Duty U.S. Military Offered Free Entrance to All National Parks

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Date: May 17, 2012
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363

To show our appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, on May 19 - Armed Forces Day - the National Park Service will begin issuing an annual pass entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty military members and their dependents. 

"We invite all active duty military and their families to be rejuvenated by the natural beauty, wonderful wildlife viewing and incredible wilderness at Rocky Mountain National Park," said park superintendent Vaughn Baker.   

Active duty members of the U.S. Military and their dependents can pick up their pass at entrance stations at Rocky Mountain National Park. They must show a current, valid military identification card to obtain their pass. More information is available at www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm. 

This military version of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass also permits free entrance to sites managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Forest Service. The pass is also available at these locations.  

"Through the years, military members, especially those far from home in times of conflict, have found inspiration in America's patriotic icons and majestic landscapes, places like the Statue of -more- Liberty and the Grand Canyon that are cared for by the National Park Service and symbolize the nation that their sacrifices protect," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "This new pass is a way to thank military members and their families for their service and their sacrifices."                    

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