Thank you Veterans – Enjoy your day, you deserve it … and much, much more


One day isn’t enough to thank all our veterans, (including James “Jimmy” Wesley Smith, U.S. Coast Guard and U. S. Army), for serving our country and us. We also extend huge appreciation to all the loved ones who support our veterans and active-duty military women and men.

One way to celebrate Veterans Day is by visiting one of our country’s treasured National Parks and Monuments  free (to everyone) on Nov. 11. There are almost 100 national park sites with direct connections to the military, from frontier forts to battlefields and memorials.

Don’t forget — there is a Free Annual Pass for Active Duty U.S. Military that “covers entrance to Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service sites that charge Entrance Fees, and Standard Amenity Fees at Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation sites.”

  • “Current U.S. Military personnel and their dependents who present, in person, a U.S. Department of Defense CAC identification or DD Form 1173 dependent identification and:
    • U.S. Military Cadets
    • U.S. Active Reservists (Do not need to be deployed)”
  • “Obtained in person at Federal recreation sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees.”

Julianne G. Crane

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