Veterans Day: Message from Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark

Stavis Creek
Stavis Creek Natural Resources Conservation Area, including this estuary where the creek flows into Hood Canal, is among the millions of acres of DNR-managed state trust lands and natural areas open to visitors on this Veterans Day. Photo: DNR

DNR offices and work sites are closed for the Veterans Day observance today but many of the department’s recreation sites and other lands are open. Check our list of what’s open and closed.

Veterans Day message from Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark [the following message was sent to all DNR staff on Friday, November 8]:

With Veterans Day upon us, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the veterans and service members employed here in the Department of Natural Resources.

Every day, we wake up in a free nation thanks to the brave men and women who put everything on the line in service to our country.

Veterans Day is a federal holiday celebrated on November 11th of each year.  Originally called Armistice Day, Veterans Day marks the anniversary of the end of World War I – November 11, 1918.  For almost one hundred years, it has served as a time to remember the tremendous sacrifices made by those who have served our country and to recognize those among us who have served and, in many cases, continue to serve, to protect our families, communities, nation and freedom.

Did you know that more than six percent of DNR employees are veterans?  We are honored that after serving our country, these dedicated individuals have chosen to continue their public service with a DNR career.

Each of us owes a great debt to our veterans.  Please take a few moments, both at work and in your community, to thank a veteran or service member personally.

The Washington State Department of Veteran’s Affairs has produced a list of Veteran’s Day events around the state that might help you find an event where you can show your appreciation.


Peter Goldmark

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