This Monday we celebrate Veterans Day, the annual tribute to all U.S. military veterans of all wars. Ever since President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day proclamation on October 8, 1954, America has taken care to develop special events and traditions to honor the men and women who have given their all to protect our nation.
One of the most widespread events in the United States on November 11 is the offering of free or discounted services, items or meals at retail stores and restaurants. Many national and local businesses participate in these types of discounts which typically require that the veteran show his or her military I.D. or other proof of service. Some also extend to active duty military members and their families.
Some participating national chain restaurants that offer discounts or free items include:
- Chili’s Bar and Grill;
- Golden Corral;
- LongHorn Steakhouse;
- Olive Garden;
- Outback Steakhouse;
- Red Lobster; and
Other service businesses are also offering special services and items to veterans. Sports Clips barbershops are offering a free haircut for all U.S. military members on Monday, while Red Roof Inn locations are offering 15 percent off a hotel stay for veterans during the entire month of November. Many local businesses also offer specials to veterans on this holiday, so be sure to check around town to see who is participating!
Aside from free or discounted items, veterans are also honored on November 11 with parades, picnics, and ceremonies at the VA National Cemeteries. The National Veterans Day Ceremony is an annual tradition held at the Arlington National Cemetery where precisely at 11:00 a.m. EST as a wreath is laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The ceremony continues into the Memorial Amphitheater where a parade of colors is conducted by veterans’ organizations.
The VA website has a map of local parades, events and celebrations that veterans can use to find the events this coming weekend.
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