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The National Park Service to waive entrance fees for the Veteran’s Day weekend

File photo courtesy of Polly Angelakis.

On November 11-12, 2017, Haleakalā National Park will waive entrance fees for all park visitors. The waiver is part of the National Park Service commemoration of Veterans and Veteran’s Day.

Although entrance fees will be waived, a sunrise reservation is still needed for anyone wishing to enter Haleakalā National Park between 3am and 7am. The National Park Service has strong roots in the military; the first park rangers were soldiers. The uniform, especially the “ranger hat,” still reflect the Cavalry units that protected national parks until the creation of the National Park Service in 1916.

Today, more than 28 percent of National Park Service employees, nationwide, are veterans. National Parks are tactile reminders of the values, ideals, and freedoms that our veterans and active duty military protect.

Dozens of national park units, including Saratoga, Gettysburg, and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, commemorate and honor the service and sacrifice of American veterans. On Veterans Day, or any day, honor those that have served and sacrificed for our country with a visit to a national park.

For more information on fee-free days please visit www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/11-14-2016-fee-free-days.htm. For information on sunrise reservations, visit https://www.recreation.gov.

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