Whether you’re a veteran or active-duty military, one thing is clear – we appreciate your service.
To say “thanks” for serving, quite a few establishments offer Veterans Day freebies & deals. The details vary for each–some are only veterans, others include active military personnel, while a few are open to anyone.
Here are a few of 2018’s Veterans Day events and deals:
•Saturday. November 10, 2018 – Join the Black History Museum for the official unveiling of the Tuskeegee Airmen statue which will be followed by a brief program. Free but registration requested here. During WWII the Tuskegee Airmen registered one of the finest combat records in military aviation history and helped change our nation. Lt. Col. Howard L. Baugh of Petersburg, VA was a member of this elite group, amassing an impressive service record which included being one of only 72 of the 352 pilots deployed to shoot down enemy aircraft in combat. Of the 112 enemy aircraft shot down by the Tuskegee Airmen during WWII, he is credited with 1.5 of those Aerial Victories. Baugh received numerous commendations including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the USAF Commendation Medal. In 2004, he was one of only four Tuskegee Airmen awarded the French Legion of Honor Award by the French Government at a ceremony in Paris. The BHMVA is honored to be the new home of the life-size statue commissioned by the Howard Baugh Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. to recognize the many contributions and accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen.
•Sunday, November 11, 2018, 4:00pm to 5:30pm Veterans’ Day Program – Join the Richmond Concert Band at Franklin Military Academy on Sunday, November 11 starting at 4:00 pm for a free Veterans’ Day concert celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI and honoring our veterans. Through music and the spoken word, we will honor and recognize our dedicated military service members past and present. Cadets from Franklin Military Academy will also take part in the program. Franklin Military Academy, Auditorium, 701 N. 37th Street, Richmond, VA, 23223
•Fighting for the Right to Fight exhibit at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center examines how hopes of equality inspired many to enlist, the discouraging reality of the segregated noncombat roles given to black recruits, and the continuing fight for “Double Victory” that laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement. The oral histories, profile panels, and artifacts, tell wartime stories of individual service members who took part in this extraordinary challenge, from unheralded heroes to famous names-including Alex Haley, author of Roots (US Coast Guard); Benjamin Davis, Jr. (US Army Air Forces); Medgar Evers (US Army); and more. The centerpiece of the exhibit is an original eight-minute video about the Tuskegee Airmen, who in many ways became the focus of African American participation during the war. The video is narrated by TV personality Robin Roberts, whose own father flew with the Tuskegee Airmen during the war. FREE admission for veterans. 122 W. Leigh Street, Richmond, VA 23220
•Sunday, November 11, 2018 – Liberty or Death Reenactment – Veterans Day, St. John’s Church Veteran’s Day “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” Reenactment – Since 1976, St. Johns Church Foundation has presented historical reenactments of the Second Virginia Convention of March 1775 at its original location. Professional actors in 1770s attire portray ten delegates, including Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. The delegates engage in the debates and arguments of the Second Virginia Convention, which lead up to Patrick Henry’s immortal “Give me Liberty or Give me Death!” speech. **tickets required** EVENT SCHEDULE: 1:15 PM Doors open, 1:30 PM Patriotic music begins featuring Festival Brass Band, 2:00 PM Reenactment begins There is no admittance after the program begins or when the church is at capacity. Visitor Center at (804) 648-5015. Historic St. John’s Church, 2401 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23223
•November 10-12, 2018 Virginia Museum of History & Culture – 428 N Boulevard, Richmond – 100 years ago, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, World War I, the conflict referred to by H.G. Wells as “the war that will end war,” ended. By the end of the conflict, more than 100,000 Virginians served across all branches of the armed services, and nearly 3,700 never returned to their homes. Those who did return found a country that was fundamentally transformed. November 10-12: Museum admission is complimentary for active military and veterans through the generosity of The Boeing Company. November 11: Free, family-friendly programming to honor the service and sacrifice of our military and commemorate the centennial of World War I’s end. Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 428 N Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220
•Sunday. November 11, 2018 11am-12pm Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony at Dogwood Dell Amphitheater. (600 S Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220) Join the Virginia War Memorial as we honor all who have served and who are currently serving our country, at the annual Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, marking the first anniversary of the end of World War I – the 11th day of the 11th month at 11:00 am. Ceremony will begin with the tolling of the Carillon’s bells – as part of a nationwide tolling of bells honoring the 100th anniversary the end of World War I. Keynote Speaker will be Governor Ralph Northam.
•Sunday. November 11, 12-2pm – Armistice Day Festival, at the Carillon, Richmond, VA – Following the Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony, will be the Armistice Day Festival! Visit the newly renovated Carillon (Virginia’s World War I Memorial) and enjoy family-friendly crafts, activities, games, music, and more! See exhibits from museums and historic sites from across Virginia and learn a little more about what life was like in 1918. WWI-themed student art will also be on display (to enter your artwork: www.virginiawwiandwwii.org/armisticeart – entries are accepted until October 18). Contact the Virginia War Memorial (vawarmemorial.org) or the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission (www.virginiawwiandwwii.org/armistice ) for more details.
- Sunday, November 11 – Tune up: Guitar Center is offering a free restring to all active and retired military members, who present their military ID. (**Guitar Center Repairs locations only). Savings Year-Round: for retired and active military at Guitar Center locations chain-wide will not stop this Sunday. In fact, as a ‘thank you’ for their service, active and retired military receive 10% off in-store year-round.Everyone Saves: And not to be left out, this Sunday-only,everyone saves at Guitar Center this Sunday, November 11 with a 15% off Veteran’s Day savings coupon.
- Macy’s Veteran’s Day Sale
•On Veterans Day weekend, November 9-11, 2018, you’ll get fee-free admission to national parks.
- Sunday, November 11, 2018 To celebrate the contributions of our military around the country, Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering a special buy-one-get-one (BOGO) offer from open to close on Veterans Day. The BOGO promotion will be available for all active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses and retired military with valid ID, at all restaurants in the U.S. from open to close on Veterans Day. The offer is valid on burritos, bowls, salads and taco orders.
•On Sunday, November 11, at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide, veterans and active duty military are eligible to receive a free donut of their choice with no purchase necessary.
- Sunday, November 11, 2018 This Veterans Day, the fresh fish experts at Bonefish Grillare honoring and thanking the brave with a complimentary Bang Bang Shrimp®. All active and retired service members with a valid military ID will receive a complimentary appetizer at all Bonefish Grill locations.
- On November 11, 2018, veterans and active-duty military with ID will receive a free entrée at participating Applebee’s locations. Free entrée limited to the Veterans Day menu.
- On November 11, 2018, veterans and active-duty military with ID will receive a free entrée at participating Chili’s locations. Free entrée limited to the Veterans Day menu.
- On November 11 & 12, 2018, veterans and active-duty military with ID will receive a free appetizer or dessert (10 options available) at participating Red Lobster
- From 5:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on November 12, 2018, veterans and military with ID will receive free Build Your Own Grand Slam pancakes at participating Denny’s
- On November 11, 2018, veterans & active-duty military with ID will receive a free entree at participating California Pizza Kitchen locations.
- On November 11, 2018, veterans & active-duty military with ID will receive a free meal (up to $10.99) with drink purchase at participating Hooters locations.
- On Monday, November 11, 2018, veterans & active-duty military with ID will receive a 6-oz. fro-yo at participating Menchie’s locations.
- On Sunday, November 11, 2018, veterans & active-duty military with ID will receive a free lunch at Texas Roadhouse. Free entrée limited to the Veterans Day menu.
- From 7:00a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 11, 2018, veterans and military with ID can get a free Big-Two-Do Breakfast at participating Friendly’s
- November 1-December 31 From November 1 – December 31, 2018 ,at Red Roof Inn all active duty and veterans can enjoy 20% off our best available rate for stays reserved November 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019 when using VP#623095.* The Home for the Holidays rate is only available when you book online at redroof.com or by calling 800.RED.ROOF (800.733.7663) at Red Roof Inn, Red Roof PLUS+ and The Red Collection properties.
- Goodyear Auto Service/Just Tires Deal: Free auto “Checks for Vets,” 10% off tires (up to $250 in savings!) Details:Goodyear Auto Service and Just Tires locations nationwide are showing thanks and appreciation to those who serve by offering all active and retired military members and first responders FREE “Checks for Vets,” plus up to $250 off tires. Effective Nov. 9-11, “Checks for Vets” includes FREE tire, brake and battery checks. Military and first responders will also receive 10 percent off tires instantly, which means $250 in savings when used with additional offers in-store. Appointments can be booked beginning Nov. 9, but may redeemed through Nov. 16. Further details here. Goodyear Auto Service and Just Tires are also extending a “check” of a different kind…donating up to $10,000 to Folds of Honor. Folds of Honor will receive $5 for every veteran or first responder who redeems the “Checks for Vets” offer.