Utah State Parks hosting Military Appreciation Day this weekend

In an effort to honor and recognize the significant contributions of our military members, Utah State Parks announces Military Appreciation Day Saturday, August 15.

Day-use entrance fees into all Utah state parks will be waived for disabled veterans, active service members and veterans. All 42 state parks will offer special activities or displays to pay tribute and say thank you.

“Utah State Parks staff thanks the U.S. service members and their families for the sacrifices they make and have made for our country,” stated Utah State Parks Director Fred Hayes. “We encourage them to visit their state parks and have some fun by getting outdoors and creating new memories.”

For a complete schedule of events, visit <a href=”http://stateparks.utah.gov” target=”_blank”>stateparks.utah.gov</a>.

Schedule of events:

<span class=”ng-binding”><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Hyrum State Park, Hyrum</span> – Staff and local boy scouts are holding a flag ceremony in the morning. Enjoy free one-hour canoe rentals and enter to win a free night stay in one of the park’s cabins. For more information call 435-245-6866</span>

<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Kanab</span> – Join us from 7 to 10 a.m., for a pancake breakfast prepared and served by park staff. Enjoy pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage and orange juice. 435-648-2800

<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Jordanelle State Park, Heber</span> – Show your patriotism and honor our current and past military veterans by running a 5K beginning at 7:30 a.m. Runners receive a bugle “First Call” start and run through beautiful Jordanelle State Park. Along the course, runners pick up flags representing each of the major wars: WWI, WWII, Korean, Vietnam War, Gulf War and the War on Terror. All 5K runners receive participation medals and race shirts. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers according to age categories as well as for overall race awards. A pancake breakfast will be available to everyone for $3 per person, ages three and under are free. All proceeds go to the National Ability Center’s Veteran and Military Programs. 435-649-9540

<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Scofield State Park, Price</span> – Join us at 7 p.m., for a flag-lowering ceremony by the National Guard. Enjoy a presentation on the flag and the proper way to retire one. All veterans receive free camping for the night. 435-448-9449

<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Yuba State Park, Levan</span> – Join us from 8 to 10 a.m., in the Oasis Campground for a free pancake and sausage breakfast for all military personnel- $2 per plate for non-military members. Breakfast will be cooked and served by the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 1340 from Bluffdale. The Scouts will perform a flag ceremony prior to serving breakfast. 435-758-2611

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