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To salute and honor the brave members of the United States Armed Forces who have answered the call to serve our Nation, the National Park Service began in 2006 to annually recognize Veterans Day by offering a day of free entry. This year the tradition continues, and all 398 national park units across America will offer free admission on Veterans Day and the preceding weekend (November 10-12) in appreciation of the service and sacrifice of military personnel, both active and retired.
"National parks preserve places that commemorate our country's collective heritage-our ideals, our majestic lands, our sacred sites, our patriotic icons-which our military has defended through the years," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "We are grateful for the service and sacrifice of military members, past and present, and honored to tell their story at many of our national parks."
For information on National Park Service battlefields, military parks, and historic sites that commemorate the service of American veterans, and/or have scheduled special events in recognition of Veterans Day, please visit the NPS website at www.nps.gov.
The Veterans Day weekend is the last of the National Park Service free entrance opportunities for 2012.
Active duty personnel are also encouraged to pick up the new America the Beautiful Military Pass for use throughout the year at any national park, wildlife refuge or other federal site that charges an entrance fee. Military members must show a current, valid military identification card to obtain their pass. Dependents of active duty personnel are also eligible for this pass.
Although the new pass is not available to veterans and retirees, many of these individuals are eligible for other discounted passes such as the Senior Pass, granting lifetime access to U.S. citizens over 62 for $10, or the Access Pass granting free lifetime entry for permanently disabled U.S. citizens. For information about the America the Beautiful Military Pass, visit http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html.