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Historic black and white image of a group of sailors in front of a large tree with a tunnel through its trunk Group of veterans in front of a redwood trunk
A group of soldiers from the 3rd Engineer Special Brigade at Yosemite National Park during World War II (Yosemite National Park Archives)
A group of military veterans participate in a leadership seminar in Yosemite National Park in 2019 (Courtesy of Steve Shackleton)

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. In addition, every national park is part of our collective identity that defines who we are and where we came from as a nation. They are tactile reminders of the values, the ideals, and the freedoms that our veterans protect.

The majestic landscapes, natural wonders, and patriotic icons that we cherish as a society have also inspired military members through the years. The Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, the USS Arizona Memorial, and the Statue of Liberty are just a few of the national parks that have served as reminders of home to those stationed abroad. On Veterans Day, or any day, honor those who have served and sacrificed for our country with a visit to a national park.

The National Park Service invites all visitors to remember our veterans by visiting any National Park Service site for free on Veterans Day (November 11). Find tips to recreate responsibly while you visit!




Military bugler playing in front of a large US flag

American Military

Explore military history in national parks, learn about our military heritage, and find opportunities for veterans in parks.

Ranger talking to a World War II veteran

Passes for Veterans & Gold Star Families

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

World War II veteran holding a black and white photo of himself while standing in a memorial

75 Years After World War II

As the nation commemorates the end of World War II in 1945, learn stories of men and women who served in the US military during the war.

Veterans Day Videos

Find a Veterans Day Event

Set the calendar to November to find in-person or virtual ceremonies, parades, concerts, service projects, and other events happening in national parks in honor of Veterans Day. Find tips to recreate responsibly when visiting a park.

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Last updated: November 10, 2020