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11-07-06, 12:37 PM
November 07, 2006
National parks, forests free on Veterans Day

By Kelly Kennedy
Staff writer

Soldiers, veterans and their families may visit any national park or forest on Veterans Day for free this year — and every year after that.

“All they have to do is say they’re a veteran or in the service,” said Department of the Interior spokesman Gerry Gaumer. “No questions asked.”

It makes sense to open the parks to veterans every Nov. 11 to honor them for their service, Gaumer said.

“We’ve got all these parks specifically because of what veterans have accomplished,” he said, citing Valley Forge National Historical Park from the American battle for independence and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

People looking for ideas about which park to visit may go online to find a list of park grounds by battlefield, war or memorial.

The departments of the interior and agriculture have waived fees for the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and Forest Service.