The National Park Service will honor all military veterans with special events and free entrance to all 401 national parks for everyone this weekend to commemorate Veterans Day. Fees will be waived at all park sites from Nov. 9 through 11.
“Every national park tells a part of the American story, and many of the parks have a direct connection to those who have served in the military through the years,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “I invite everyone to come to a national park to commemorate Veterans Day, whether it is to learn more about those who have given so much to defend our freedoms or to simply enjoy the beauty and majesty of the land they fought to protect.”
A number of national park sites have a direct connection to our country's military history. Gettysburg, Antietam and the USS Arizona Memorial are among the 94 National Park Service battlefields, military parks, national cemeteries and military-related historic sites that commemorate the service and sacrifice of American veterans.
Some of the military-related special events taking place during the Veterans Day weekend are:
- The annual illumination of 6,000 gravesites of Union soldiers in the Poplar Grove National Cemetery in Petersburg National Battlefield in Virginia
- Encampments with living history demonstrations at Colonial National Historical Park (Virginia), Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve (Florida) and Kings Mountain National Military Park (South Carolina)
- An open house with Cold War veterans at Minute Man Missile National Historic Site (South Dakota)
- The program "A Soldier's View of Wars and Trains" with re-enactors, veterans and active duty armed forces members at Steamtown National Historic Site (Pennsylvania)
- A living military timeline that includes 70 re-enactors and contemporary soldiers at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park (North Carolina)
- Military commemorations and an enlistment ceremony for 20 recruits at Valley Forge National Historical Park (Pennsylvania)
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