NPCA has been working for years to meaningfully engage the military community — including veterans, active duty, reservists and military families — inviting them to join us in supporting and advocating for parks through service projects and a variety of advocacy actions.
Our national parks tell America’s story, including our country’s military history. The fight for our freedom, democracy and very way of life are told through our parks. Preserving and protecting our national parks means preserving these important military stories.
Our veterans serve here and abroad to protect these ideals, and in recent years have emerged as a powerful partner for speaking up for our national parks. NPCA is committed to meaningfully engaging our nation’s veteran and military communities, who represent the best of who we are as a nation. There is a growing awareness within the military community about national parks and the meaningful experiences the parks offer.
National parks offer veterans, active duty members and their families places of solace and recreation away from military life. Ensuring our parks can continue to have that same value to veterans and the military community means ensuring that our national parks are well-maintained, protected, and ready to continue welcoming visitors.
National parks also commemorate and interpret military history at 156 different sites:
The Park Service oversees 25 national battlefields and parks and 14 national cemeteries, including Vicksburg National Military Park.
The Park Service manages nearly 500 fortifications such as Fort McHenry, which inspired the “Star Spangled Banner.”
The Park Service is responsible for more than 15,000 acres of battlefields, including world-famous sites such as Gettysburg National Military Park.
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