TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Admission will be free for everyone at Florida’s state parks on Friday in recognition of Veterans Day.

The only exception will be the Skyway Bridge Fishing Pier in St. Petersburg.

Also, normal fees will be charged for camping, tours and other special events.

Park Service director Donald Forgione said the free day for all is a small token of appreciation for those who have served their country.

Veterans and active duty military members also can purchase discounted annual entrance passes at any time.

The 25 percent discounts provide savings of $15 for an individual and $30 for a family pass. They are good at most of Florida’s 160 state parks.

Military identification or discharge papers must be presented to get the discounts.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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