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U.S. VETERANS AND MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS ADMITTED FREE TO FORT VANCOUVER ON VETERANS DAY
VANCOUVER, WA: On Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, U.S. veterans, members of the U.S. armed forces, and their families will be admitted free-of-charge to public lands managed by the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, will waive entrance fees for qualifying people for that day.
This annual fee free day will be in addition to National Public Lands Day, the other fee free day, held annually in September. Normal entrance fees at the fort are $3 for individuals 16 and older, and $5 for a family. National Park Passes, such as the Annual, Senior, or Fort Vancouver Annual Passes are honored, and available for sale at the entrance station at the reconstructed fort.
Special activities will be taking place on the Historic Reserve on Veterans Day holiday weekend. On Saturday, November 10th, visitors can view the 21st annual Celebrate Freedom Veterans Day Parade. With a theme of "RESERVE This Day for Veterans" the parade starts at 11:00 a.m. with a 21 gun salute fired by howitzers on the Parade Ground of Fort Vancouver NHS. The parade route begins on Evergreen Blvd. and East Reserve, just west of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve Visitor Center. Over 100 military, veteran and civic organizations participate annually. For more information about the parade, contact Deborah Walstra at 360-992-1801.
Experience Your America
The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, is the heart of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. The Vancouver National Historic Reserve brings together a national park, a premier archaeological site, the region's first military post, an international fur trade emporium, one of the oldest operating airfields, the first national historic site west of the Mississippi River, and a waterfront trail and environmental center on the banks of the Columbia River. The partners of the Reserve teach visitors about the fur trade, early military life, natural history, and pioneers in aviation, all within the context of Vancouver’s role in regional and national development. The Reserve's vast array of public programs -- including living history events, festivals, cultural demonstrations, exhibits, active archaeology, and other special activities -- create a dynamic, fun, and unique tourist destination for people of all ages.