Military sites at the farthest reaches of our country, from American Memorial Park in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands tell the story of the attacks that brought us into the Second World War. Forts such as those in Golden Gate and Gateway National Recreation Areas re-fitted with anti- aircraft missiles tell of readiness during the Cold War. The National Park System contains some military facilities that are still active, like San Nicolas Island in Channel Islands National Park. Others that are no longer needed by the military have been converted for educational uses, such as Acadia’s Schoodic Education and Research Center, housed in a former naval base. These places connect us to our history by allowing us to stand in the places where military events occurred, learn about what led up to them, how they unfolded, and how they affect our world today.
Last updated: May 23, 2017