CASPER, Wyo. — The National Park Service says that all of their sites are free to visitors on Monday, Nov. 11 in honor of the nation’s veterans.
“Many national parks have direct connections to the American military—there are dozens of battlefields, military parks, and historic sites that commemorate and honor the service of American veterans,” the NPS says. “In addition, every national park is part of our collective identity that defines who we are and where we came from as a nation.”
“They are tactile reminders of the values, the ideals, and the freedoms that our veterans protect.”
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The NPS suggests that sites such as the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, the USS Arizona Memorial and the Statue of Liberty can serve as reminders of what it is veterans have worked to protect.
“The majestic landscapes, natural wonders, and patriotic icons that we cherish as a society have also inspired military members through the years,” they say.
Yellowstone National Park shares the history of Fort Yellowstone.
From 1886-1918, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone’s resources.
Yellowstone National Park has some old photos of military members there on their Flickr page: