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Which state parks are offering free admission this weekend?

Free Access to Florida State Parks on Memorial Day to Honor Fallen Soldiers

This Memorial Day, Floridians have the opportunity to honor and remember the men and women who have died in military service for the United States by visiting state parks for free. Governor Ron DeSantis announced that from May 24-27, access to several state parks will be complimentary for those wishing to pay their respects.

The eligible parks include Wekiwa Springs State Park in Seminole County, Silver Springs State Park in Marion County, Rainbow Springs State Park in Marion County, Lake Louisa State Park in Lake County, Lake Griffin State Park in Lake County, Lake Kissimmee State Park in Polk County, Hontoon Island State Park in Volusia County, and Dade Battlefield Historic State Park in Sumter County.

Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor the sacrifices made by military personnel in various wars, such as the Korean War, Vietnam War, wars in Afghanistan, and Iraq. The tradition of Memorial Day dates back to ancient times when soldiers’ graves were decorated with flowers, but it gained new significance during and after the Civil War.

General John A. Logan called for a nationwide day of remembrance on May 30, 1868, which marked the first Decoration Day. Over time, Memorial Day evolved to honor all American military personnel who died in wars, and traditions include visiting cemeteries, memorials, and participating in parades.

This Memorial Day, take advantage of the opportunity to visit state parks for free and remember the fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. It’s a chance to reflect, honor, and pay tribute to those who have served and protected the United States.

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