Honoring America's Veterans

U.S. veteran stands in front of statue of three men in military uniform
Veterans Day is a day for all people to come together and remember the sacrifices servicemen and women have made for our country.

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In this Veterans Day video, US veteran and National Mall and Memorial Parks Park Ranger James Pierce invites everyone to visit a national park on Veterans Day. Take a moment to watch the video and learn more about your national parks.

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, November 11, 2016.

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.