Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Thank a vet and then hug a tree tomorrow when
the nation's National Parks open their doors for free for Veteran's Day.
Nothing shows the significance of military history to the
National Park System quite like the fact that Veterans Day is one of only nine
days each year when the NPS waives admission fees at its parks.
Not even
Christmas and New Year's make the cut for that honor.
While the relationship between parks and veterans may not be immediately
obvious, many national parks have direction connections to the military and
military history, which is why Veterans Day is worthy of waiving fees.
The
nation's park system includes sites from the American Revolution (Valley
Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania), the Civil War (Antietam
National Battlefield, Maryland), World War II (War in the Pacific National
Historical Park, Guam) and the Vietnam War (Vietnam Veterans Memorial,
Washington, D.C.), where they host an annual Veterans Day Observance.
The newest site, the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, was
dedicated on October 5, 2014, in Washington, D.C., and honors the sacrifice of
all disabled veterans.
Many National Cemeteries also sit within national parkland, including
Tennessee's Shiloh National Cemetery, Montana's Custer National Cemetery,
and Mississippi's Vicksburg National Cemetery.
While many of the National Parks are free year round, parks like Yellowstone
can cost up to $30 per vehicle.
Veterans Day is a great way to visit a park
for free while giving thanks to veterans for all they have done for this
country.
Whether you're in South Dakota or Hawaii, use the Park Service's
website to find a park near you.
Nothing shows the importance of veterans and military history
to the park system as the fact that Veterans Day is one of nine days each year
when the National Park Service waives admission fees at its parks.
Not even
Christmas and New Years make the cut for that honor.

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