Burr Reminds Veterans and Families of Free Entry to National Parks on Veterans Day

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today urged veterans to take advantage of the National Park Service's (NPS) fee-free day. On Veterans Day, November 11, 2008, all members of the U.S. armed forces, military veterans, and their families will be admitted to National Parks and public lands managed by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior free of charge.

"I am pleased that the National Park Service has offered this opportunity to our nation's servicemembers, veterans, and their families. Some of America's most beautiful and cultural places are protected and preserved by the National Park Service. Offering this opportunity to the men and women who have sacrificed on our behalf is a small token of our appreciation for their service," Burr said.

The National Park System comprises 391 areas covering more than 84 million acres. These areas include national parks, monuments, national battlefields and military parks, historical sites, lakeshores and seashores, recreation areas, rivers and trails, and the White House, including ten national parks in North Carolina. In 2006, over 272.6 million people visited America's National Parks.

National Parks in North Carolina include:

Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
Moores Creek National Battlefield
Wright Brothers National Memorial

For more information and a full list of all sites in North Carolina maintained by the NPS, please visit www.nps.gov.