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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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
Today's Military in Parks
Active duty military and veterans continue to use the parks today for ceremonies, training, and more.
Health Benefits for Veterans
Find solitude or challenges to stay healthy with the countless recreational opportunities and programs for veterans in parks.
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
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.
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.
During the war, Americans from every background supported the military, challenging cultural beliefs, biases, and practices of the time.
Find Places 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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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.
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Last updated: May 29, 2020