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06/15/2016 10:24 AM EDT

Our week of explaining the different types of America’s public lands and why they’re all so special continues with national battlefields and military parks. These historic places act as memorials to the fallen and powerful classrooms to help us understand important stories of courage and sacrifice. Long after the guns fell silent, you can still hear their echoes on these peaceful fields. The landscape, artifacts and living history demonstrations connect us to the past struggles that shaped our nation. Visiting places like Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland, the site of the bloodiest day of the Civil War, will leave you humbled.

Learn more about the different types of public lands:

Photo by National Park Service.

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