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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.

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Last updated: November 5, 2019