Salute To All Veterans

Thank you to all that have served in the United States military, to keep us safe, protected and a nation of freedom. We Salute You!



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Picture of the Leonardtown Veterans Day Parade
Photo By: St. Mary's County Tourism
Joint Military Color Guard

November is Maryland Veterans Appreciation Month. If you are a veteran residing in Maryland, visit your closest Welcome Center to see military-focused exhibits and present your veteran ID to get a Veterans Passport. The passport will allow you to enjoy unique experiences and discounts throughout the state during November. Use #MDVeteransMonth to upload photos of you enjoying your passport privileges. To learn more about Maryland benefits and services for veterans and families, please visit:

War Front/Home Front - Through the Eyes of Our Military Exhibit poster Photo By: Kent County Arts Council

1 WarFront/HomeFront: Through the Eyes of Our Military

November 3 through December 3, 2017
Veterans are the only subject of the inaugural exhibition in the new gallery of the Kent County Arts Council.  Handmade paper crafted from uniforms depict scenes of war and home. Clay vessels known as "War Crocks"  provoke thought as do other art objects.  Special events include the "Grand Opening" on Nov. 3.  Next, a poetry reading from  "Medic Against Bomb:  A Doctor's Poetry of War" by Frederick Foote, MD, takes place on Nov. 12.  An illustrated lecture  "Beyond Stereotypes:  War, Warriors and the Creative Arts" takes place Nov. 19.

More about WarFront - HomeFront - Through The Eyes of Our Military - Veterans' Day and Beyond


Kent County Arts Council
Chestertown, MD 21620

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Horses on Beach Photo By: Laura Palescandolo

2 Maryland State Parks are Free for all Veterans

Year-round Recreational Programs

Active-duty military and all veterans (both resident and non-resident) enjoy free entry to parks managed by the state of Maryland, including Assateague State Park on the Eastern Shore, Deep Creek Lake Park in Western Maryland and Sandy Point State Park in Anne Arundel County. More info....

Wounded Warrior and Veteran Outreach Program offers wounded warriors, veterans and their families many recreation options.  Maryland's 72 State Parks provide hiking, biking, boating, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, team building rope courses, hunting and camping.  These can enhance the veteran's mental and physical well-being and establish a new base of potential employees. The Wounded Warrior & Veteran Outreach Coordinator identifies how to best accommodate the recreational needs of our servicemen and women.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing logo Photo By: Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing

3 Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing & Canine Connection

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. partners with Maryland Parks with programs such as fly fishing - both instruction and outings.


Warrior Canine Connection provides enhanced opportunities such as service dog training, art and music therapy, acupuncture and much more.

Warrior Hike Logo Photo By: Warrior Hike "Walk Off the War"

4 Wounded Warrior and Veteran Outreach Program

The Wounded Warrior & Veteran Outreach program provides our servicemen and women with unique opportunities in Maryland state parks.

Cabin at Herrington Manor - Garrett State Forest Photo By: Cabin Herrington Manor - Maryland Department of Natural Resources

5 Fishing, Hunting and Hiking

Fishing and Hunting Programs for Military Veterans, Members and POW's are available with the help of a number of non-profit organizations such as the Greenwell Foundation, the Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating and many others, including those listed below..


Operation Campout! is a partnership between the parks and The North Face:  Explore Your Parks program which loans out camping gear to military families at selected State Parks.


Warrior Hike - "Walk off the War" - is an outdoor therapy program for transitioning veterans.  Reconnect by hiking America's National Scenic Trails, including Maryland's Appalachian Trail.  Equipment and supplies are provided along with other support along the way.  More info...


Bass Tournament - Paralyzed Veterans of America National PVA Bass Tournament, a B.A.S.S. sanctioned event is hosted at Smallwood State Park in Marbury, Maryland.

Blue Star Theatres logo Photo By: Blue Star Theatres

6 Blue Star Theatres in Maryland

Blue Star Theatres connect theater offerings to military personnel across the United States.  The goal is to build stronger connections between the theater community and military families, and to help service people and their families rediscover and engage in their communities.


Baltimore Center Stage - Baltimore City
Active duty personnel, veterans, military families, and members of the Blue Star Theatre Program receive 30% off all Center Stage productions* with promo code 18MILITARY.  Discounts are valid on all A location and Premium seating, subject to availability.  Discounts only available in person or by phone. Call 410.332.0033 to put tickets on hold. Present a valid ID or proof of Military involvement upon arrival.


Everyman Theatre - Baltimore City
Everyman Theatre, another Blue Star Theatre, offers a 10% discount for Military personnel and their immediate families. Learn more about the Blue Star Theatre program at Everyman here.


Olney Theatre Center - Olney, Montgomery County
Olney Theatre Center welcomes U.S. military personnel, spouses and children as well as U.S. veterans with discounted tickets to military personnel and their immediate families. Please visit the Shows & Events page here to find out what's playing.  Then contact the Box Office at 301-924-3400 and identify yourself as military personnel.


Sample of Maryland Driver's License with Veteran designation Photo By: MDOT/Motor Vehicle Administration

7 Add Your Veterans Status to Your Driver's License or ID Card

Add Your Veteran Status to Your Driver's License

The Maryland Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Administration now offers veterans the opportunity to add the "Veteran" designation to the front of their Maryland's Drivers' License or identification card.  This designation indicates that you are eligible for state veteran benefits.  Details on how to make the update can be found here.

Fort McHenry from the Air Photo By: Charm City Helicopters

8 Military and Historical Sites to Visit

Maryland has many historic sites of special interest to people with military experience.  Note:  many have entrance fees, but offer exciting programming. Check  websites before setting out.

The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum  - Patuxent, St. Mary's
US Naval Academy - Annapolis
Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum - Martin State Airport, Baltimore County
National Cryptologic Museum - adjacent to NSA/Fort Meade
Fort McHenry - Baltimore
Antietam National Battlefield -  Sharpsburg
Fort Frederick State Park - Big Pool


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