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The U.S. National Park Service will commemorate Veterans Day by waiving entrance fees and holding special events from Nov. 11 to 13, 2011.

“America’s national parks have close ties to all those who have served, or are serving, in the military,” said Jonathan B. Jarvis, National Park Service director. “There are dozens of national parks that commemorate battles fought on American soil. Veterans Day weekend is the perfect time to visit a place like Yorktown, Gettysburg or Pearl Harbor and pay tribute to those who have served.”

Jarvis continued, “Our country’s 397 national parks also preserve iconic symbols, including the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, and Mount Rushmore, and places of great beauty, such as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, that have inspired generations of troops with national pride.”

Veterans Day events

Some of the special events taking place include:

  • a U.S. Navy Band concert at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (New Orleans, La.);
  • living history military encampments at Fort Moultrie (Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina), Kings Mountain National Military Park (near Blacksburg, S.C.), Fort Pulaski National Monument (between Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia) and Shiloh National Military Park (Tennessee);
  • living history Revolutionary War soldiers at Morristown National Historical Park in New Jersey; and
  • the Avenue of Flags at Andersonville National Historic Site (Georgia).

A complete list of events by park or state is available at

Fee-free days in 2012

In 2012, the National Park Service will offer fee free days Jan. 14 to 16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend), April 21 to 29 (National Park Week), June 9 (Get Outdoors Day), Sept. 29 (National Public Lands Day) and Nov. 10 to 12 (Veterans Day weekend).

More information is available at


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