Thanking America's Armed Forces

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Date: May 17, 2012

Active Duty U.S. Military Offered Free Entrance to All National Parks

To show our appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, on May 19 - Armed Forces Day - the National Park Service will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty military members and their dependents.

"We are proud of our service men and women who sacrifice so much to protect our country," said Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Superintendent Sean McGuinness."We hope that they will visit this or other national parks to unwind, relax, rejuvenate, and just have fun with their families."

Visit for more information about the military pass. The pass is available at any national park that charges an entrance fee.Since Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River does not charge an entrance fee, the closest park to pick up a pass is Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, PA. Find a list of national parks with entrance fees at

This military version of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass also permits free entrance to sites managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Forest Service. The pass is also available at these locations.

"Through the years, military members, especially those far from home in times of conflict, have found inspiration in America's patriotic icons and majestic landscapes, places like the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon that are cared for by the National Park Service and symbolize the nation that their sacrifices protect," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "This new pass is a way to thank military members and their families for their service and their sacrifices."

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