One hundred one years ago today, an armistice was signed effectively putting an end to World War I, a day recognized years after as Armistice Day in the US. Later, the name would be changed to Veterans Day, a holiday set aside to honor and celebrate the contributions of all American veterans.
On this Veterans Day 2019, Mammoth Cave National Park would like to pause and recognize these contributions of all armed forces veterans here at Mammoth Cave NP. This year our annual Veterans Day Tree is decorated with red, white, and blue ornaments adorned with names of employees, visitors, and loved ones who have served in the American armed forces. We thank you for your service and dedication to our country!
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Prehistoric American Indians left behind countless artifacts in the cave. These treasures detail their journeys of long ago. Among such artifacts is this gourd fragment. The cave environment has kept it intact for millennia. #nativeamericanheritage #findyourpark... See MoreSee Less
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., October 30, 2019 – Mammoth Cave National Park will offer free Mammoth Passage cave tours on Monday, November 11 to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans on Veterans Day. Tours will depart from the visitor center at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm CT.
Along the Mammoth Passage tour, participants will pass through the Rotunda where in 1922 a monument was placed as part of the American Legion Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, to honor the fallen of the Great War, now known as World War I. Inside the monument, thirty-five states each placed a list of the fallen soldiers from their respective states. In 1929, a second monument was placed by the America War Mothers to also honor the fallen of the Great War. The monuments were rededicated by the park and local veterans’ organizations in 2017, and continue to honor the soldiers who died during that devastating conflict. A video highlighting the rededication will play throughout Veteran’s Day in the park’s visitor center.
Mammoth Passage tour participants must pick up their free tickets in the visitor center before going on a tour. The ¾-mile, 1¼-hour Mammoth Passage tour is limited to 70 people, and requires a walk down and up a steep path to the Historic Entrance and 160 steps. The tour explores a vast canyon passageway and discusses a 19th-century saltpeter mining operation and the geologic origins of Mammoth Cave.
Each year the National Park Service offers several fee free days to provide the opportunity for the public to visit a new place or return to an old favorite, especially one of the national parks that normally charge a fee. For more information about Mammoth Cave National Park events, please visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.