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State Parks welcome vets for free on Memorial Day
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Humboldt Redwoods State Park is one of over 130 parks that veterans and current active duty military members will have free admission to on Monday. - photo by Photo Contributed

Veterans and current active duty military members will have free admission to California State Parks on Monday, Memorial Day, as a result of Assemblymember Kristin Olsen's bill, AB 150, which was signed by Governor Brown last year.

“The passage of AB 150 reaffirmed and strengthened our state’s support for the many Californians who have made extreme sacrifices to protect our country through military service,” said Olsen.  “My hope is that the men and women who make up our Armed Forces take this opportunity to enjoy time with loved ones in one of our beautiful state parks.”

AB 150 authorized the Department of Parks and Recreation to provide veterans and current active duty military members with free admission to California’s state parks on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

“We are extending a special invitation to our Armed Forces and our veterans by inviting them to visit a state park,” said Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.), director of California State Parks.

”This is a wonderful opportunity to thank our Armed Forces for their service and sacrifice, as well as create lifetime connections with our State Parks that we hope will continue as an annual tradition.”

Participating state parks include 133 parks that are accessible with the “Surf Explorer” Annual Pass, plus eight State Vehicular Recreation Areas, as well as the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.

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