WASHINGTON: The National Park Service will honor all military veterans with special events and free entrance to all 401 national parks for everyone during the Veterans Day weekend, Saturday through Monday.
“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, whe-ther 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.”
Hallowed places such as Sara-toga, Fort McHenry, Vicksburg 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 veterans throughout our country’s history.
Additional national parks preserve American icons like the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and the Liberty Bell, which have inspired entire generations of troops.
“I have been very proud to serve my country as a Marine and now again for the National Park Service,” said Dan Hottle, a combat veteran who is one of thousands of veterans who work for the National Park Service. “Our parks bring out the very best in people from all walks of life, coming together to preserve our most valuable resources for our future gen- erations.”
A variety of military-related special events as well as other family-friendly programs will take place during the Veterans Day weekend. A full list of all National Park Service events can be found at www. nps.gov.
The National Park Service offers active-duty members of the military and their Families an annual national park pass, an $80 value, at no charge.
Permanently disabled veterans can receive a free lifetime pass to all parks.
The passes provide entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests and many other federal lands – more than 2,000 in all. They can be acquired at any national park that charges an entrance fee.
Information about all National Park Service passes is available at www.nps.gov