For the entire month of November, Veterans will receive free admission to Alabama State Parks. Any parks that charge entry fees or day-usage fees will waive them as a part of their “Parks for Patriots” program.
In a statement from Alabama State Parks, they reiterated:
“Our parks and public lands are places for reflection and serenity, and they stand as a tribute to those who have served our great nation,” Greg Lein, Alabama State Parks Director, said in a news release. “For years we have offered free state park admission to veterans on Veterans Day. Expanding that access year-round is the least we can do for those who have made our freedom possible.”
Many Alabama State Parks were built with help from the Civilian Conservation Corps which employed many Word War I veterans during the Great Depression. The Parks for Patriots program is just one way in which the state hopes to give back to those who have served.
In order to ensure the program continues, the Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Chris Blankenship urges the contribution of donations for civilians in order to support the program.
To sponsor a veteran, donations can be made to Alabama State Parks at any Alabama State Park. Donations can also be made here, on the Alabama State Parks website.