For Immediate Release: Nov. 8, 2011
FLORIDA STATE PARKS RECOGNIZE VETERANS DAY WITH FREE DAY-USE ENTRANCE
~State park system honors the nation's service members and their families~
The Civil War monument at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park.
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental
Protection’s (DEP) Florida Park Service will offer free day-use entry to all*
state parks on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in recognition of Veterans Day.
“We are pleased to honor the nation’s veterans, their
families and communities with free
state park entrance this Friday,” said Florida Park
Service Director Donald Forgione. “This recognition is but a small token of the
appreciation due to those who have selflessly served this country and its
Florida State Parks honor American veterans and active-duty
service members throughout the year. Honorably discharged veterans, active-duty
service and reserve members receive a 25 percent discount on the purchase of a
Florida State Parks Annual Entrance Pass. The discount provides a savings of
$15 on an individual annual pass and $30 on a family annual pass, which allows
up to eight people in a group to access most of Florida’s 160 state parks. In addition,
honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities and surviving
spouses and parents of military members who have fallen in combat, can receive
a lifetime family annual entrance pass at no charge.
state parks preserve an abundance of cultural and historic sites that
commemorate the nation’s fallen service members. At the Orman
State Park in Apalachicola, visitors
can pay their respects to Vietnam
veterans at the only sanctioned replica of the Three Servicemen statue. Olustee Battlefield
Park in Olustee commemorates Florida’s
largest Civil War battle in 1864 and Kissimmee
State Park in Okeechobee
was the site of the Avon Park Army Field in the 1940s. Fort
Historic Site in Thonotosassa depicts a reconstructed fort from the Second
Seminole War and Jonathan Dickinson State Park
in Hobe Sound was the location of the World War II training site, Camp Murphy.
All other use fees, such as overnight accommodations, tours
or special events, will be charged as usual on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. *Skyway Fishing
Park in St.
Petersburg is not included in this special offer.