Thursday, November 5, 2015

Special Places to Honor Our Veterans

Veterans Day is a time when Americans honor and thank U.S. military veterans for their service to their country, and there is no better time to enjoy America’s great outdoors and historic places. Not only are entrance fees waived at many locations, but these places often represent everything veterans serve to protect.
Read our list for ideas—then find a way to remember and honor our veterans as you enjoy some of the best our country has to offer!

Visit America’s Federal Lands—Fee Free on Veterans Day!

In honor of America’s veterans, entry is FREE at National Park Service units, Bureau of Land Management places, Fish and Wildlife Service refuges, U.S. Forest Service,Bureau of Reclamation sites and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers locations.

View the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and more at the National Archives Museum

The Visitor Orientation Center at the National Archives (NARA)
The Visitor Orientation Center
at the National Archives (NARA)
If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, make a reservation for the National Archives Museum to view the original Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights that so many veterans fought to protect. Then explore the Records of Rights Exhibit.
You will not want to miss special presentations that honor veterans (check the National Archives’ Calendar of Eventsfor details).

Visit World War II and D-Day Historical Sites

Pearl Harbor Ceremony (Sarah Murphy/U.S. Navy)
Pearl Harbor Ceremony
(Sarah Murphy/U.S. Navy)
Visit locations that honor those who served during World War II. Read our article about the places and the people who participated in the legendary, D-Day Invasion on June 6, 1944; learn about (or visit) the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites in Hawaii; the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.; or the West Coast World War II Memorial at thePresidio of San Francisco, California.

Visit the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial (NPS)
American Veterans Disabled
for Life Memorial (NPS)
Pause and reflect at the new American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial adjacent to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. It is the first national memorial dedicated solely to disabled veterans, paying tribute to the hidden and visible disabilities from all conflicts and all branches of service.

Enjoy a National Trail

Veteran hiking Devil's Garden Trail (Sandra Gardener/Share the Experience)
Veteran hiking
Devil's Garden Trail
(Sandra Gardener/Share the
Enjoy a day hike or walk along a section of one of ourNational Trails. Congress designated these trails because they played a crucial role in re-tracing American history or because they celebrate the natural beauty of the United States. You might ascend to a breathtaking view on thePacific Crest National Scenic Trail, or feel a sense of national pride on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. You’ll find our National Trails “from sea to shining sea.”

Walk on the Veterans Trail at Coralville Lake, Iowa

Pearl Harbor Ceremony (Sarah Murphy/U.S. Navy)
Coralville Lake Veterans
Trail (USACE)
Each year Coralville Lake honors local veterans at a ceremony on the lake's Veterans Trail. All are welcome to visit the accessible trail that features a bird observation area, rest areas and a picturesque, 80-foot (24.3 m) bridge.

Visit Patton's World War II Desert Training Center-California-Arizona Maneuver Area Headquarters, near Indio, California

Desert Training Camp Circa 1942
Desert Training Camp
circa 1942
General George S. Patton's chose the training site for its similarity to the North African Desert. It would become the largest military training area in the world. Patton's troops would eventually defeat the German Afrika Korps beginning at Casablanca, Morocco. The memorial marks the site of General George S. Patton's desert headquarters near Interstate 10 on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands west of Desert Center. The General Patton Memorial Museum in Chiriaco Summit is a BLM partner. Learn how the BLM serves veterans on public lands.

Veterans Hunting and Fishing Programs with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Lake Cumberland
WW fishing event (USACE)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers supports various Wounded Warrior hunting and fishing events across their lakes. Watch one of these videos to find out more.

National Register of Historic Places Travel Itineraries

Fort Point San Francisco
(Anthony Colburn/Share
the Experience)
World War II in the San Francisco Bay Area provides a video, list of sites, maps, essays and more to commemorate this West Coast city’s role in the war. Let this be your guide to discover which places you can visit in the Bay area.

Bruton Motor Sports News
God Bless our Veterans

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