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.
The National Park Service invites all visitors to remember our veterans by visiting any National Park Service site for free on Veterans Day weekend, November 11–12, 2017.
Looking for more to do? Explore the sites that commemorate America's military conflicts and honor those who served. Visit our Facebook page to see a gallery of NPS employees who are veterans. And, check out the NPS Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries, listed below, that honor our veterans.
- Civil War Era National Cemeteries: Honoring Those Who Served
- Veterans Affairs National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers