A group of soldiers from the 3rd Engineer Special Brigade at Yosemite National Park during World War II
Credit: (Yosemite National Park Archives)
A group of military veterans participate in a leadership seminar in Yosemite National Park in 2019
Credit: (Courtesy of Steve Shackleton)
Explore military history in national parks, learn about our military heritage, and find opportunities for veterans in parks.
Veterans Day Videos
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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Shared History and Missions
A LONG HISTORY TOGETHER
Past Military Uses of Parks
Since before the creation of the National Park Service, the US military has been involved in the stewardship and use of parks.
A CONTINUING HISTORY TOGETHER
Current Military Use of Parks
Active duty military and veterans continue to use the parks today for ceremonies, training, and more.
ONE UNIFORM FOR ANOTHER
Meet military veterans who continue to serve the country as stewards of our nation's national parks.
Visit a Park for Veterans Day
REMEMBERING THOSE WHO SERVED
Places to Visit
Find monuments, memorials, and battlefields across the country that honor the sacrifices and tell the stories of America's military.
HEALTHY MIND, HEALTHY BODY
Health Benefits for Veterans
Find solitude or welcomed challenges to stay healthy with the countless recreational opportunities and programs for veterans in parks.
YOUR FREE TICKET IN
America the Beautiful Passes
Did you know active duty military and some eligible veterans can get a free entrance pass to national parks and other public lands?
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: October 29, 2021