Free Access to Public Lands on Veterans Day

Blake Androff

America’s public lands include many devoted to honoring our patriotic heroes – battlefields where wars were waged and historic sites that tell the story of American service to the nation. 

On Veterans Day, America salutes the brave men and women who have proudly worn the uniform so that we may live free.  We also honor the families who have sacrificed to serve alongside their loved ones.

America’s public lands include many devoted to honoring our patriotic heroes – battlefields where wars were waged and historic sites that tell the story of American service to the nation.  These national treasures embody the service and sacrifice of those who have protected the freedoms that define America.

One way to honor and reflect on the incredible heroism of America’s veterans is to visit a national park, wildlife refuge, national forest or other public lands, which are fee-free for all to enjoy on Veterans Day.  Many of the sites host Veterans Day commemorative celebrations, so check with the unit nearest to you for local programming.

From coast to coast, public lands represent a thread in the great tapestry that tells the story of our nation’s rich heritage and diverse culture.  Public lands protect pristine outdoor places, but also ensure pivotal periods in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union are told to future generations.

Public lands are America’s greatest treasures, and fee-free days make public lands accessible to more people, which helps foster the next generation of public land stewards.

This Veterans Day (November 11), introduce a child to the great outdoors with a free visit to public lands managed by six federal agencies: the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.