To honor America's service men and women, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that areas managed by the department will not charge entrance fees from Saturday through Monday, November 10 - 12, 2012.
Visitors are invited to enjoy the natural wonders of public recreation lands managed by the National Parks Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Recreation and Department of Agriculture. This is "in honor of what our service men and women have done to maintain our freedom" Salazar said.
The National Park Service preserves many battlefields, military parks, and historic sites that commemorate and honor the service of American veterans. The ideals and freedoms they fought for are remembered throughout the National Park System in areas as diverse as King's Mountain National Military Park in South Carolina, Fort McHenry National Monument in Maryland, Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site in Texas and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana. National Parks preserve and commemorate these sites of historical significance in the on-going growth of this nation as part of its core mission to preserve important cultural resources. See our 10 Best Civil War Sites for Veterans Day article for more ideas of where to go.
In addition to historic sites, RVers and campers can honor Veterans Day by spending the day at any of the National Park System's 388 areas covering more 84 million acres across the country.
With free day use entry to old favorites including Yellowstone, Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon, Arches, Death Valley, Rocky Mountains, Mt Rushmore, Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains there is no shortage of places to go to commemorate the land of the free, home of the brave.
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