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Veterans Day - Veterans get in free

Alabama's state parks are waiving entrance fees for veterans from Nov. 8-11 in recognition of Veterans Day.

The move comes as one park has started a fundraiser to help the men and women who serve the country.

"Although Veterans Day is officially celebrated on just one day, Nov. 11, we are waiving the entrance fee for a four-day period to make it easier for families to visit a park together," Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein said in a press release.

To further help veterans, Lein said other parks may follow the lead of Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores with a pilot fundraising program that helps the country's military men and women.

The Gulf State Park program has raised more than $1,700 in the past few weeks through $1 donations solicited at the facility's pier to help cover veterans' entrance fees for fishing and sightseeing.

Every time a donation arrives, a park worker rings a bell.

"We'd like to hear that bell ring a lot," Gulf State Park Superintendent Lisa Laraway said in the press release. "That means can serve more veterans."

Lein said the state park system's support of veterans is a natural fit.

"Veterans have been leaders in the development of state parks and other public lands across the country. Several of Alabama's state parks were created with the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps, which employed numerous veterans," he said