8 Nov 2017

This Veterans Day

This Veterans Day

There are many ways one can properly take note of Veterans Day thanking a U.S. service member or veteran for what they do and have done, supporting a veteran-owned business, or giving some of your time to a veterans group.

But another is to visit one of the sites with special meaning to military veterans, their loved ones, and friends: America's historic sites, battlefields and national cemeteries.

It’s well worth remembering that many of our nation’s battlefield parks and historic sites were created by veterans themselves with storied places such as Shiloh, Gettysburg, Chickamauga and Vicksburg chief among them. In 1881, Union veterans visiting Chickamauga battlefields rued that their wartime features were vanishing. In 1888, a former officer and a journalist proposed creating a national military park at Chickamauga and Chattanooga to honor soldiers of both armies. In 1890, President Harrison signed the idea into law.

So as you plan how to observe Veterans Day weekend, please allow us to recommend a few worthy spots to you to consider.

On Veterans Day, we note that the National Park Service will waive all entrance fees for everyone and many national parks will host special events. The Park Service preserves sites where American soldiers shed blood on American soil during the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and World War II.

American Battlefield Trust

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