We love Veterans Day here in Alabama.
In fact, Birmingham is the home of America’s first Veterans Day. Ever since then, we’ve wholeheartedly supported the troops overseas and here at home. But while there’s plenty to like about a parade and a day off from work, we can be doing much more for our veterans.
That’s what inspired Alabama’s Parks For Patriots program.
Through this program, all veterans and active-duty military are given free admission to every state park in Alabama that charges an entrance fee or day-use area fees. It may be a small gesture, but if it helps our veterans catch up on their well-deserved rest and relaxation, then it’s a blessing.
This program was implemented by the Alabama State Parks Division in 2017 and was made permanent by the passage of legislation sponsored by Representative Dicky Drake. It passed both the House and Senate with overwhelming support and was signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey earlier this year.
And if we may make a suggestion, since we’re here on the Gulf Coast, we absolutely love Meaher State Park in the Mobile Bay wetlands and Gulf State Park right on Alabama’s beaches.
If you’ve ever wondered how you can actively support Alabama’s veterans, this is your opportunity.
Parks For Patriots is supported by donations from Alabamians all over the state and beyond. Donations can be made online or at the gates of state parks as well as cash registers in park offices, restaurants, camp stores, and golf shops. And if you’ve got a park in mind that you prefer, your donation dollars will go toward the park of your choice.
Alabama’s Parks For Patriots program is a joint effort from the Alabama Department of Conversation and Natural Resources, Alabama Coastal Restoration, Alabama Delta Resource Center, Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust, Alabama Birding Trails, and the Alabama Tourism Department.
Share your love of the great outdoors with the men and women who protect our country and its natural resources. Donate to Parks For Patriots today!