Memorial Day (May 29, 2023) 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.
Explore military history in national parks, learn about our military heritage, and find opportunities for veterans in parks.
Find monuments, memorials, and battlefields across the country that honor the sacrifices and tell the stories of America's military.
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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
Active duty military and veterans continue to use the parks today for ceremonies, training, and more.
Find solitude or challenges to stay healthy with the countless recreational opportunities and programs for veterans in parks.
Active duty military, veterans, and Gold Star Families are eligible for free entrance passes to national parks and federal recreation areas.
Find Places of Remembrance
Sites of Remembrance
A ranger shares her personal connection to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, and how the memorial helps her honor the service and sacrifice of her father.
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Thank You for Your Service
The National Park Service in partnership with Operation Live Well would like to thank military personnel and their families for their service and invite them to enjoy their national parks.
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Find a Memorial Day Event
Set the calendar to May to find ceremonies, parades, concerts, service projects, and other events happening in national parks in honor of Memorial Day.
Last updated: May 17, 2023