Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time of remembrance for those who lost their lives while serving in the US military. Many memorials and monuments in national parks allow reflection on military service and sacrifice throughout our nation's history.

It is also traditionally a time to reflect on American values by learning about our natural and cultural heritage, visiting historic places, and enjoying the great outdoors. Connect with national parks from anywhere through virtual experiences or visit a nearby park. Remember to plan your trip and check for changes in operations before departing. Please also see the latest safety guidance for visiting parks and recreating responsibly.

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American Military

Explore military history in national parks, learn about our military heritage, and find opportunities for veterans in parks.

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Virtual Memorial Day Commemoration

Join this virtual event hosted by more than 30 national parks to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to our country.

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Recreate Responsibly

Join the #RecreateResponsibly movement to protect America's treasures while looking out for each other's health and safety.

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Visit From Anywhere

Join Memorial Day programs and "visit" any national park, including military monuments and memorials, through virtual experiences.

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We take a moment to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty and reflect on their service and sacrifice. "All is well, safely rest."

For Our Military and Their Families

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Today's Military in Parks

Active duty military and veterans continue to use the parks today for ceremonies, training, and more.

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Health Benefits for Veterans

Find solitude or challenges to stay healthy with the countless recreational opportunities and programs for veterans in parks.

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Free Annual Passes

Active duty military and their dependents are eligible for free America the Beautiful Passes to national parks and federal recreation areas.

Remembering World War II 75 Years Later

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World War II

In 1945, the US and its territories were several years into a world war that affected every American's life and changed the nation forever.

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World War II Parks

Find World War II stories and places in the National Park System to remember those who served during World War II.

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Breaking Barriers

During the war, Americans from every background supported the military, challenging cultural beliefs, biases, and practices of the time.

Find Places of Remembrance

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Find a Memorial Day Event

Set the calendar to May to find ceremonies, concerts, service projects, and other events happening in national parks in honor of Memorial Day. You can also join in a virtual Memorial Day commemoration held by more than 30 national parks hosted on Vicksburg National Military Park's Facebook account. Virtual programs and details are listed in the calendar below.

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Last updated: May 29, 2020