|Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012|
As a part of the National Park Service’s continued commitment to supporting the men and women of the country’s armed forces, Cabrillo National Monument recently hosted 37 US Navy petty officers who are participating in the Commander Navy Region Southwest’s CPO Legacy Academy.
The visit to Cabrillo National Monument was one of the culminating events in a five-day training period held in conjunction with CPO induction, which is steeped in naval history and brings chief selectees, chief petty officers, and veterans together to focus on naval heritage and leadership.
Attendees participated in a two-hour interpretive program that included a PowerPoint presentation on San Diego’s role in the military heritage of our nation, a visit to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, and a ranger-led tour through the park’s military history exhibit and one of the restored WWII base-end stations. As the visit concluded, each of the attendees were issued military annual passes to the national parks.
“Cabrillo National Monument is in a unique position to honor military members and their families for the sacrifices they make,” said Superintendent Tom Workman. “With our proximity to so many members of the military, it is great to be able to say thanks when we can.”
Since the National Park Service began issuing military annual passes in May, Cabrillo NM has issued over 1800 such passes to active duty members of the U.S. military.
National parks and the military have strong ties, going back to the establishment of Yellowstone as the world’s first national park in 1872. The U.S. Cavalry, including Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th Cavalry Regiment, watched over America’s national parks and did double duty, serving as the first park rangers until the National Park Service was created 44 years later. During World War II, many parks were set aside for the training and care of military personnel. Today, dozens of national parks commemorate military battles and achievements.