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The National Park Service will commemorate Veterans Day by waiving entrance fees and holding special events from November 11 to 13.

“America’s national parks have close ties to all those who have served, or are serving, in the military,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “There are dozens of national parks that commemorate battles fought on American soil. Veterans Day weekend is the perfect time to visit a place like Yorktown, Gettysburg, or Pearl Harbor and pay tribute to those who have served.”

“Our country’s 397 national parks also preserve iconic symbols, including the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, and Mount Rushmore, and places of great beauty, such as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, that have inspired generations of troops with national pride.”

Some of the special events taking place this weekend inlcude: A U.S. Navy Band concert at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (LA)

Living history military encampments at Fort Moultrie (SC), Kings Mountain National Military Park (SC), Fort Pulaski National Monument (GA), and Shiloh National Military Park (TN)

Living history Revolutionary War soldiers at Morristown National Historical Park (NJ)

The Avenue of Flags at Andersonville National Historic Site (GA).

A complete list of events by park or state is available at www.nps.gov.

In 2012, the National Park Service will offer fee free days on January 14 to 16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend), April 21 to 29 (National Park Week), June 9 (Get Outdoors Day), September 29 (National Public Lands Day), and November 10 to 12 (Veterans Day weekend).

More information is available at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

Record rainfall, flooding, rising gasoline prices, a slow economy and, to top it off, a season of seemingly never-ending storms are all being blamed for what has been a slow start to the tourist season in South Dakota.

Renelle Watt, owner of Lazy J RV Park & Campground, said the business is off to its worst season in the 20 years she has owned the business, just south of Rapid City. Watt estimated that revenue is down as much as 40 percent from past years.

“They’re just not here this year,” Watt said. “It’s very frustrating. It rained all May and June. We had a good Fourth of July weekend, but it was still down from last year.”

Newly released visitor statistics for Mount Rushmore, which generally indicate tourism strength for the entire region, provide some insight into the industry.

In May, the start of the season, 199,523 people visited the memorial, a 15 percent decrease year-over-year, according to a National Park Service database. June saw 506,968 visitors, down from 587,844 last year, or 13.8 percent.

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