It is a gift. It is a sacrifice. It is a duty of many, taken up by few. This site is dedicated to the men and women of the American military, past and present. The National Park Service preserves and shares the stories of the American military over the last three centuries. We also provide opportunities for our military community to connect to the beautiful landscapes and important history they defend.

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, dozens of national parks commemorate military battles and achievements.

Discover the people who have protected our freedom. Learn about the places that shaped our military history and culture. Explore opportunities for active-duty military, veterans, and their families.

Memorial Day display at War In The Pacific

Virtual Memorial Day

Reflect on military service and sacrifice throughout our nation's history.

World War II Tuskegee Airmen standing in front of plane.

75 Years Since The End of WWII

Discover the impact WWII had on soldiers, civilians, at home, and around the world.

Black marble with names etched in the Vietnam War Memorial. Wreaths of flags.

50 Years of Honor

Honoring Those Who Served In Vietnam

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Ceremonies In Parks

Find a park to mark a milestone.

Two women sit gazing at the river.

Parks For Healing

Discover how veterans' park visits can help them in their transition to civilian life after combat.

Eleven men and women wearing National Park Service uniform stand in front of a lake

Support Veteran Staff

Today the National Park Service employs over 4,000 active-duty military and veterans in a wide array of careers.

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Visiting the VA? Find Parks Nearby

With over 400 units you can find a national park wherever you are.

A raft full of people in Alsek Lake with Glaciers in the background.

Get Outside & Get Away

Find new adventures at a national park near you.

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Get Involved

Work With Us. Volunteer. Partner With Us. Donate.

USS Arizona Memorial anchor with sunset in the background.

American Military Heritage

Explore the many places that honor our military heritage.

Members of the U.S. Army attend a reenlistment ceremony.

Military & Veteran Engagement Strategy

This strategic plan describes seven focus areas to engage service members and veterans at a scale not seen before on public lands and waters

Last updated: May 23, 2020