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Contact: Mike Barber, 252-475-9032
National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac wishes to thank all of the U.S. Armed Forces veterans who reside in Carteret, Dare, Hyde, and Pender Counties, including many National Park Service military veteran employees, for their service to the United States of America.
National parks and the military have strong ties going back to the establishment of Yellowstone as the world's first national park in 1872. The U.S. Cavalry watched over America's national parks and did double duty, serving as the first park rangers until the National Park Service was created 44 years later. During World War II, many parks were set aside for the training and care of military personnel.
Today, the National Park Service employs over 5,000 active military and veterans in a wide array of careers. “I am thankful for the military veterans who work within the National Parks of Eastern North Carolina,” said Superintendent Hallac. “Their hard work and dedication directly contributes to providing opportunities for our communities to connect to the beautiful landscapes and important histories at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Moores Creek National Battlefield, and Wright Brothers National Memorial.”