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National Parks free for Veterans Day

Antietam National BattlefieldGet free admission to all the National Parks during Veterans Day weekend Nov. 10-12 in honor of those that serve and have served in the United States military.

“National parks preserve places that commemorate our country’s collective heritage – our ideals, our majestic lands, our sacred sites, our patriotic icons – which our military has defended through the years,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “We are grateful for the service and sacrifice of military members, past and present, and honored to tell their story at many of our national parks.”

From frontier forts to World War II battlefields, more than 70 national parks have direct connections to the military. These include our earliest national parks where army engineers designed park roads and buildings and the cavalry enforced regulations from 1886 until the National Park Service was established in 1916.

So consider visiting one or our National Parks in Maryland from Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore to Antietam National Battlefield. Or venture to Gettysburg and get free entrance to the Gettysburg National Military Park museum.

The Veterans Day weekend is the last of the National Park Service entrance fee free days for 2012. More information is available at the National Park Service website.

Photo by Keith Snyder

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