National Park Service – Salutes Veterans

In a press release on October 14, 2010, the National Park Service (NPS) has revealed that it will waive all park entrance fees on November 11, 2010 in honor of Veterans Day.

NPS Director, Jon Jarvis stated, “In honor of veterans, entry to the national parks, which preserve many of our nation’s finest natural and cultural resources, will be free on Veterans Day.”  Mr. Jarvis continues, “I invite everyone to take advantage of this opportunity and savor places that our veterans have kept safe for us.”

The NPS currently boasts almost 400 national parks in its registry.  These parks have such a wide variety of opportunities that just about anyone will find something to enjoy, from a simple picnic, to hiking, walking, camping, snowshoeing, kayaking, history exploration or a myriad of other choices.

This is a great chance for people all across America to explore their local or not so local national park and maybe discover something new.

Many Parks are available right in your own backyard, like:

Rocky Mountain National Park:  This expansive park has a beautiful high altitude drive.  The park also includes hiking trails for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts.  The park is just 2 hours outside Denver, Colorado.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield:  Visit this park to get a feel for the Civil War and for those that lost their lives on the battlefield.  There are also some great fields for picnics as well as hiking trails to the top of Kennesaw Mountain where you can view the great skyline of Atlanta, Georgia.

The National Mall: What better way to celebrate Veterans Day than to visit the nation’s capital and all of the monuments that honor those men and women that have contributed to our great country?

Yosemite National Park: This is one of the first national parks.  It’s iconic Half Dome and El-Capitan inspire photographers, rock climbers and hikers alike.  It’s 1,200 acres provide a multitude of activities as well as varied scenery.

These are just a few of the many great parks all across America, from Maine to Hawaii. Take some time this November 11, 2010 to enjoy a wild scenic area while honoring our veterans.

It is a great country that sets aside a day every year to honor those that have sacrificed for the benefit of all.  I would like to express my deepest gratitude for all those that have served in the U.S. military and defended our country, its resources and our freedom.

I would love to hear any comments you may have on your favorite veteran.

Thank you,

Russell

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