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National Park Service sites all free on Veterans Day (PHOTOS)

The firing of the sunset gun on Capitol Hill at Fort Yellowstone, possibly the last firing of the cannon signaling the close of army protection of Yellowstone; Photographer unknown; July 4, 1916

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:

“SOLDIERS IN CAMP OF PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT; Photographer unknown; 1903; Catalog #14509; YELL 36913-3 TENTS MILITARY PERSONNEL, VIP VISITORS, PRESIDENTS” (Yellowstone National Park, Flickr)
“SERGEANT HENRY A. MCCARTNEY ON HORSEBACK JUMPING OVER HIGH FENCE. MILITARY PERSONNEL WATCHING; Photographer unknown; 1911; Catalog #18775 YELL 90119 SERGEANT HENRY A. MCCARTNEY ON HORSEBACK JUMPING OVER HIGH FENCE. MILITARY PERSONNEL WATCHING. ROBERT MCCARTNEY COLLECTION” (Yellowstone National Park, Flickr)
“INTERIOR OF OLD POST EXCHANGE, FORT YELLOWSTONE; 7 MEN AROUND TABLES WITH DRINKS, CARDS, BARTENDER BEHIND BAR, WOODSTOVE WITH “U.S.” STAMPED ON SIDE IN FOREGROUND.; Photographer – Richards; C 1901; Catalog #02990; YELL 36921″ (Yellowstone National Park, Flickr)
“SOLDIERS DRILLING IN FRONT OF BACHELOR OFFICER’S QUARTERS AT FORT YELLOWSTONE.” (Yellowstone National Park, Flickr)