• The iconic first flight of the Wright brothers in their 1903 Wright Flyer

    Wright Brothers

    National Memorial North Carolina

NPS Waives Entrance Fees on Veterans Day Weekend

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Date: November 7, 2011
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that Wright Brothers National Memorial will be joining national park units across the country in honoring current and former servicemen and women and their families.Entrance to Wright Brothers National Memorial will be free to the public from Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13, 2011.Whether you are looking for a family outing to investigate the rich cultural resources of the Memorial or open space for a scenic walk or jog, the public is invited to take advantage of this opportunity and enjoy these special places.

For information on visiting the parks of the Outer Banks Group, please visit the park's websites at www.nps.gov/wrbr, www.nps.gov/caha, and www.nps.gov/fora, or by calling 252-473-2111.

Although Veteran's Day weekend is the last of 2011's "fee-free" days, the 2012 "fee-free" dates have already been announced and include:January 14 to 16, 2012 (Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend), April 21 to 29, 2012 (National Park Week), June 9, 2012 (Get Outdoors Day), September 29, 2012 (National Public Lands Day), and November 10 to 12, 2012 (Veterans Day weekend).For more on national park fee free days, go to www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

Did You Know?

First passenger flight 1908, credit: Library of Congress

The world’s first passenger flight took place at Kitty Hawk on May 14, 1908. Wilbur Wright flew the plane and Charles Furnas, a mechanic, was the passenger. Orville and Furnas then made a flight together of over 2 miles.