Military Monday

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We'd like to thank you for yours and your family's military service. Many national parks have direct connections to the American military—there are dozens of battlefields, military parks, and historic sites that commemorate and honor the service of American veterans. National parks and our programs and partners also offer endless opportunities for today's military, veterans, and their families to enjoy their public lands and their own neighborhoods.

Military Monday is happening on April 19, 2021, as part of the annual National Park Week celebration. Join us on social media as we thank our military for their service and share your own park experiences using #MilitaryMonday and #NationalParkWeek.
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National Park Week

There are even more ways to celebrate National Park Week this year. Each day has a special theme, find yours!

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Join the #RecreateResponsibly Movement

If you are heading to a park to celebrate National Park Week, keep some basic safety tips in mind while you embark on your adventure.

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Find Your Virtual Park

Stay connected with national parks across the country with online resources and virtual experiences.

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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.

For Our Military and Their Families

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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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Passes for Veterans & Gold Star Families

A new pass program grants U.S. military veterans and Gold Star Families free access to national parks.

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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.

The Power of Parks for Health

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the partnership between the National Park Service and the US Public Health Service, all year we are encouraging everyone to explore the power that parks can have on people's physical and mental health. Disover ways that you can use parks for healing and health.

Featured Stories

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Reelections on the USS Arizona Memorial

Pearl Harbor survivors, civilians and service members, talk about what it's like to go on the USS Arizona Memorial.

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Raising the Flag

Seventy-five years after an iconic photo capturing the spirit of the Marine Corps was taken, Marines share what their memorial means.

A Continuing Tradition of Service

Even before the creation of the National Park Service in 1916, the US military was involved in managing and protecting national parks. Many battlefields managed by the War Department would also be incorporated into the National Park System during the 1930s. Today a tradition of service continues with military veterans filling our ranks as employees, volunteers, interns, and partners in many National Park Service career fields, including natural and cultural resource management, law enforcement, interpretation, administration, and much more.

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Buffalo Soldiers

The legendary cavalry units were among the first rangers tasked with protecting and managing the nation's public lands.

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Past Military Uses of Parks

Parks have been used by the US military for various purposes over time, including training, healing, or relaxation for troops.

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It's Your Turn

Use your skills and dedication from your military service as a steward of public lands. Learn about job, volunteer, and other opportunities.

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    Set the calendar to April to find in-person and virtual programs for National Park Week (April 17-25, 2021) at any of the more than 400 national parks around the country. Or look ahead to find other upcoming programs about the military and to enjoy your national parks with family and friends. Remember to check ahead for trip planning information and to recreate responsibly for a safe visit.

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    Last updated: March 21, 2021