Remembering Veteran’s Day


And Finally …

Death Valley, the hottest, driest and lowest national park.
Death Valley, the hottest, driest and lowest national park.
Eric Thayer for The New York Times

Happy Veterans Day.

Communities across the state with be holding parades in honor of those who have served. (See: San Diego, Los Angeles, San Pedro, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Salinas, Fresno, San Jose, Petaluma and Sacramento).

And, per tradition, a bunch of retailers — IHOP, Black Angus, Great Clips, to name a few — will be giving away freebies to veterans.

The National Park Service planned to waive entrance fees for the day, not only for veterans but also for all visitors. In California, the fees normally range from $10 to $30.


The United States Forest Service said it, too, would offer most of its day-use recreation sites at no charge on Friday.

“Every national park is part of our collective identity that defines who we are and where we came from as a nation,” the Park Service said on its website. “They are tactile reminders of the values, the ideals, the freedoms that our veterans protect.”

Participating parks, from northern California to the southern most tip are:

Lava Beds National Monument

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Muir Woods National Monument

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Yosemite National Park

Pinnacles National Park

Death Valley National Park

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Joshua Tree National Park

Cabrillo National Monument