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Yosemite to waive entry fee for holiday

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In celebration of Veteran’s Day, Yosemite National Park will offer free admission to the public on Saturday through Monday. This fee-free weekend is offered to all visitors in honor of current members, retired members, and reserve members of the United States Armed Forces and their families, according to the National Park Service.

This fee free weekend has been observed since 2006.

Veteran’s Day falls on Nov. 11th of every year. The holiday was created as a result of the signing of the armistice between Germany and the Allied nations at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In 1954, the U.S. Congress approved Nov. 11 as the day to honor all American veterans for their service to and sacrifices made for the United States.

Yosemite National Park employs more than 100 veterans who provide interpretive services to visitors, patrol the hiking trails, and perform many other duties throughout the park. The National Park Service also provides active duty military members and their dependents with an annual national park pass, an $80 value, at no charge. Permanently disabled veterans can receive a free lifetime pass to all parks. The passes provide entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and other federal lands. Passes can be obtained at any national park that charges an entrance fee, including Yosemite...


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