The National Park Service (NPS) has announced an open invitation to the public for free admission on Saturday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day. This day will also feature a range of special events across various parks. In recognition of their service, U.S. military Veterans and members of Gold Star Families are granted a free lifetime entrance pass to all national parks, a benefit also extended to current military personnel and their dependents in the form of an annual pass.
Chuck Sams, Director of the National Park Service, reflected on the profound connection between national parks and the U.S. military. "Our national parks embody the essence and spirit of our nation, serving as reminders of America's core values. Many have deep connections to the military, symbolizing the valor and commitment of those who served," Sams said. He shared personal insights from his time as a young Navy sailor, describing how visits to these parks deeply impacted him, offering a tangible link to America's rich history and inspiring his dedication to service and defense.
With over 100 national parks that have significant military connections — ranging from historic battlefields and stirring monuments to memorials honoring sacrifices, training grounds, and scenic retreats for relaxation — these sites hold a special place in the nation's heart. Many of these parks will be hosting unique events on Veterans Day, celebrating the bravery, patriotism, and sacrifices associated with the U.S. military.