The National Park Service (NPS) is offering free admission to all of its parks November 10 through 12 as a way to thank veterans and to commemorate the holiday that is dedicated to them. Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11.
Many of the USA's nearly 400 National Parks are battlefields and military sites, making it easy to respect the holiday while taking advantage of the NPS promotion. Here are 11 of the most significant military-related National Parks. Find more on NPS.gov.
- Saratoga National Historical Park in New York (American Revolution)
- Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania (American Revolution)
- Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland (War of 1812)
- Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, which includes Chalmette Battlefield and Cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana (War of 1812 and Civil War)
- Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland (Civil War)
- Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania (Civil War)
- Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston, South Carolina (Civil War)
- Manassass National Battlefield Park in Virginia (Civil War)
- Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia (Civil War)
- Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee (Civil War)
- World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, which includes the U.S.S. Arizona/Pearl Harbor Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii (World War II)
Photo: Solider Statue at Antietam National Battlefield, courtesy National Park Service