NORFOLK, Va. — The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) is offering free entrance to commemorate Veterans Day 2021, a great opportunity for people to see battlefields, military parks, and historic sites.
There are plenty of lands within the NPS system that give a glimpse of America's past and have direct connections to the military, including those in and around Hampton Roads. Here are three parks in the region:
Fort Monroe National Monument
Located in Hampton, Fort Monroe is known as the landing place for the first African slaves in English North America. It also has a long history of military importance, especially in the War of 1812 and U.S. Civil War.
Colonial National Historical Park
This park is located in Virginia's Historic Triangle, and consists of Historic Jamestown and the Yorktown Battlefield. Jamestown is known as the first permanent English colony in North America, while the Yorktown Battlefield is where the last major battle of the Revolutionary War took place.
Richmond National Battlefield Park
This consists of 13 park units across Hanover, Henrico, and Chesterfield counties, as well as the city of Richmond, which served as the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Know before you go
NPS also has tips for recreating responsibly to assure you stay safe and responsible while visiting a national park.