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Contact: Letitia Neal, 423-569-9778
Contact: Matt Hudson, 423-346-6294
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be celebrating Veteran's Day on Tuesday, November 11, and the park has authorized free camping at Alum Ford Campground and free backcountry camping permits for this date.
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. More information can be found at www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
For further information, call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.