~ Press release issued by Shenandoah National Park
LURAY — Shenandoah National Park has announced plans for their 2022 Veterans Day observance.
The Park will continue its partnership with Project Healing Waters, a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to our veterans’ physical and emotional healing through fly fishing. In addition to educating participants about fly fishing techniques, the group, along with philanthropic partners, sponsors fly fishing trips.
Virginia Regional Coordinator Bill Campbell has brought several groups of veterans to Shenandoah National Park to experience the “healing power” of the program.
“We build relationships. It makes your heart much bigger; it makes your heart bigger than you ever thought it could be,” said Campbell of his work with the project.
Volunteers with the organization will return to the Park on Veterans Day, November 11, 2022. Project Healing Waters volunteers will lead programs simultaneously at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6) and Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors can pick up tips and practice fly-casting. Volunteers will also demonstrate fly-tying.
Also, in observance of Veterans Day NPS staff will be present at both sites from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to distribute free National Park passes to US active-duty military and veterans. There are two types of military passes, a one-year pass for active-duty military and their dependents, and a lifetime pass for veterans and Gold Star Families.
Friday, November 11, 2022 is a fee-free day in observance of Veterans Day.
For information about the documentation needed to obtain a park pass, visit Free Entrance to National Parks for Veterans and Gold Star Families (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov).