BOSTON (WHDH) - A celebration was held at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston Thursday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The bureau was started on this date back in 1916. The NPS started out overseeing 14 national parks and 21 monuments; today, the number has grown to 58 national park and 150 monuments.

Celebrations are being held nationwide, including in Boston. Sen. Ed Markey joined other local officials and park rangers at Christopher Columbus Park.

“This is America’s greatest idea, to preserve our history, to preserve our most precious natural assets and that’s what we’re celebrating today,” said Markey.

The U.S. Mint will be issuing three limited-edition coins, including a five-dollar coin, to honor the NPS.

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