Thursday, May 19, 2022

Knoebels Offering Free Ride Pass to Past and Present US Military Members This Saturday

Knoebels Amusement Resort invites past and present United States Military members to enjoy a free ride pass this Saturday, May 21, 2022. 

On this special day, park guests can visit with reps from military branches to learn about career and service opportunities. Thanks to Northumberland County’s Veterans Affairs department, this year’s event has grown to also include organizations that support veterans and guest speaker Brigadier General Maureen Weigl.

Since 2016, Knoebels has invited past and present members of the U.S. Armed Forces to enjoy a free ride pass on Armed Forces Day. According to park officials, Knoebels is happy to be able to offer this once again on Saturday, May 21.

“Though Armed Forces Day honors current military members, since Knoebels isn’t open on Veterans Day, we utilize this day to also honor our Veterans,” said Stacy Yutko, Knoebels’ Public Relations Director. “We are sincerely grateful for Northumberland County Veterans Affairs department’s help in expanding the event to include resources for veterans.”

According to county Veterans Affairs officials, Armed Forces Day was established in 1949 by President Harry S. Truman. The month of May was designated as Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publicly show their appreciation for our military.

Several agencies and programs will be present near Pavilion L (near Impulse roller coaster) from 11AM-4PM to provide information and assistance, including: Northumberland County Veterans Affairs, Williamsport and Scranton Veteran Centers, K9 Hero Haven, Pyramid Healthcare, Penn State Master Gardeners, Central Susquehanna Opportunities, PNG Soldier & Family Readiness Specialists, Rescue Pets Serving Vets, Information for Career Link and Rabbit Transit, and Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, Fort Indiantown Gap.

There will be a 1PM program at the Hawaiian Bandshell with guest speaker Brigadier General Maureen Weigl, Deputy Adjutant General for Pennsylvania’s Veterans Affairs Department. General Weigl was appointed as Pennsylvania’s Deputy Adjutant General for Veterans Affairs on April 12, 2021. In this position, she supervises the administration of the state’s veterans’ program, reintegration and outreach, veteran initiatives for nearly 800,000 veterans and their dependents, and oversees the operation of the commonwealth’s six veterans’ homes.

Patriotic music will be performed by Last Resort Quartet prior to and following the General’s speech.

To redeem the free ride pass on May 21, guests must visit Knoebels’ Ride Pass Building and present a valid Driver's License with Veterans Designation or a valid Driver's License and a Military ID (Active Military ID Card, Official Military Retirement Card, Official Military Separation Papers - DD214).

This special day is in addition to Knoebels’ military appreciation program. For more information on that program, visit: Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Course offers U.S. Military members 18 holes of golf and a cart at a special rate of $30.