Memorial Day

Memorial Day (May 30, 2022) 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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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.

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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.

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Last updated: May 23, 2022