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Remembering the past this Veterans Day…

An item from the National Parks Service highlighting sites of remembrance of national importance.

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World War II Memorial

Dear Michael,

Today marks Veterans Day, the day in which we honor those who have fought and sacrificed to protect our nation. This Veterans Day is particularly special, because this year we are honoring the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

On September 2, 1945, with the final surrender of Japan, the entire world stopped and recognized the end of WWII. This Veterans Day, take the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of history, and learn about the bravery and patriotism of those who served at home and abroad.

You can walk among the solemn granite pillars of the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C., which memorializes all 56 states and territories that stood united in the war effort. The park ensures that you are also reminded of the price we paid for victory by the 4,000 bronze stars, each representing 1,000 Americans that gave the ultimate sacrifice.

At the Pearl Harbor National Memorial on Oahu Island in Hawaii, you can experience 9 historic sites that take you through the Battle of the Pacific. You can learn about this pivotal moment in our history and honor the fallen at the Pearl Harbor Memorial, and imagine the celebration of victory on the USS Missouri, the site of Japan’s final surrender.

However you choose to spend this Veterans Day, we hope that you take the time to remember those we lost and thank our veterans for their service.


Katherine Chesson

Katherine Chesson
Vice President, Programs and Partnerships

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Honoring heroes this Memorial Day…

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Fredericksburg National Cemetery

Dear Michael,

This Memorial Day, we hope you will take a moment with us to reflect on the reason the holiday was created: to honor those who gave their lives in service to our country and, ultimately, to all of us. There are many national parks where you can learn about military history and remember those who fought and died for our country.

Known or unknown, each soldier’s life or death was meaningful to someone. Many historians cite May 1, 1865, as the first Memorial Day, when 10,000 individuals, mostly freed men and women, held a ceremony to honor the dead Union soldiers in Charleston, South Carolina. More formal commemorations grew from these early gatherings in both the North and the South.

By the 1890s, Memorial Day was a noteworthy holiday across much of the country, and the tradition has continued through the passing decades. Commemorations today range from simple ceremonies to elaborate displays, like the annual Fredericksburg National Cemetery Illumination, where 15,000 candles are lighted — one candle in honor of every soldier buried within its walls.

We hope you are able to visit a national park and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country!


Katherine Chesson
Vice President, Programs and Partnerships

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