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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Free Parking at All State Parks in Honor of Veterans Day
                                                                                              
BOSTON – November 9, 2016 – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that parking fees at all state parks and forests statewide will once again be waived in honor of Veterans Day to encourage children and their families to get outside and enjoy the Commonwealth’s natural resources. The fee waiver, which is set for Friday, November 11, 2016, directly corresponds with a National Park Service program that also offers free admission at the federal agency’s properties nationwide on Veterans Day.

“Massachusetts has a long, proud history of its citizens answering the call of duty during both times of war and peace, and it is important that we all take the time to reflect and appreciate their unwavering service to our great nation,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “While our appreciation of their sacrifice cannot be overstated, waiving fees at all state parks serves as a small example of the gratitude we have for veterans everywhere.”

Throughout Massachusetts there are several locations managed and maintained by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) that honor those who served in the US military, including Fort Independence at Castle Island, which was used to fortify the area’s coast; Fort Revere in Hull, first fortified by Patriot forces during the American Revolution; and numerous pools, skating rinks and parks named after specific Massachusetts veterans or military campaigns involving Massachusetts veterans.

“Since the founding of the United States of America, we have held our veterans with the highest of regards,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “By having all state parks free on Veterans Day, I hope everybody will have an opportunity to explore the state’s natural resources and witness the beauty that has been preserved because of the freedoms protected by our military personnel.”

“Massachusetts state parks serve as perfect settings to reflect and appreciate the selfless acts made by this nation’s bravest and heroic men and women,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “There are state parks in every corner and region of the Commonwealth, and I am pleased that children and their families will have the opportunity to visit and spend time with each other and not have to worry about fees.”

Additionally, Massachusetts’ official Veterans War Memorial, which is located at the summit of Mount Greylock, will once again shine as a beacon on top of the state’s highest point starting on November 11, 2016. Since 2013, the memorial has been closed due to renovations; however, with the project now nearing completion, the DCR is able to light the tower, where it can be seen for miles. Once the renovation project has completed in early 2017, the Baker-Polito Administration will host a special event at the Veterans War Memorial for the public to attend.

“The administration continues to demonstrate its appreciation for our state’s 380,000 veterans and the honorable sacrifices they have made,” said the Department of Veterans’ Services, Secretary Francisco Ureña. “Our state parks serve as a tribute to all of those who wore the uniform to protect our nation and it is fitting that our citizens will have the opportunity to enjoy the various monuments and memorials on Veterans Day at no additional cost.”

“The Department of Conservation and Recreation is truly proud of our country’s veterans, and it is the agency’s honor to manage and maintain many of our state’s cultural resources, some of which either pay homage to those who answered the call of service or are historic locations that played a pivotal role in protecting our great country,” said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation also offers free parking at its facilities year round to cars with Disabled Veterans license plates from all states. To find a full list of DCR managed state parks, please visit the agency’s website.