Memorial Day

Memorial Day (May 27, 2024) 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.

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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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Places to Visit

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

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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 Entrance Passes

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


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: April 24, 2024