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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Next week, you can visit any national park in California or across the nation free of charge in honor of the sacrifice made by U.S. troops.

In recognition of current and former servicemen and -women, all of America’s 400 national parks are waiving entrance fees on November 11, 2010, including parks here in California such as Joshua Tree and Death Valley.

“From everyone in the National Park Service, I extend gratitude to all who have served in the U.S. armed forces and defended the people, freedoms, and resources of this country,” said U.S. National Parks Services Director Jon Jarvis. “In honor of veterans, entry to the national parks, which preserve many of our nation’s finest natural and cultural resources, will be free on Veterans Day, November 11. I invite everyone to take advantage of this opportunity and savor places that our veterans have kept safe for us.”

(©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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