Community observances, parades and events

City of Columbus: 2014 Columbus Veterans Day Parade will be held on Friday, Nov. 7 at noon with Honorary Grand Marshals Myles Eckert and LtCol Frank Dailey. Bring a toy for Santa and the Marines as they collect for Toys for Tots.

Freebies and discounts for veterans


Chili's - Visit a participating Chili's on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, to get your Veterans Day free meal if you are a veteran or on active military duty. You'll need to show proof of military service to get your Veterans Day free meal.

Bar Louie - Free meal on Veterans Day Everyday military discount of 50% on entree at certain locations.

Shoney's - Participating Shoney's will be having a Veterans Day free meal in 2014 that consists of a free All-American Burger. This is for veterans as well as active duty military while supplies last. Proof of military service is required and it's for dine-in only.

Starbucks - Starbucks will be giving out free tall brewed coffees to veterans, active duty military, and their spouses on Veterans Day.

Krisy Kreme Doughnuts - Veterans can start their Veteran's Day off with a free breakfast at Krispy Kreme that includes a doughnut and a small coffee. No purchase is necessary.

Outback Steakhouse - Stop into any Outback Steakhouse on November 11, 2014 to get a free Bloomin' Onion and beverage. This offer is for veterans as well as active duty and retired military as long as a uniform is worn or a military ID is shown. Outback Steakhouse is also giving out a military discount of 15% off the total check November 12 to December 31, 2014.

Golden Corral - On Monday, November 17, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Golden Corral will be giving out Veterans Day free meals and a beverage to any person who has ever served in the U.S. military or is on current active duty. This includes retirees, veterans, National Guard or Reserves.

Red Lobster - Active duty military, reserve, and military veterans can stop by Red Lobster and get a free appetizer Monday, November 10 through Thursday, November 13, 2014. They get to choose from Sweet Chili Shrimp, Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Lobster-Artichoke-and-Seafood Dip, Lobster-Crab-and-Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms, Lobster Pizza, Chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Crispy Calamari and Vegetables, Mozzarella Cheesesticks, White-Wine-and-Roasted-Garlic-Mussels, and Shrimp Nachos.

McCormick & Schmick's - Veterans can stop into your local McCormick & Schmick's on Sunday, November 9, 2014 to get a Veterans Day free meal. There's a special Veterans Day menu that includes the following entrees - Salmon Rigatoni, Buttermilk Fried Shrimp, Cedar Planked or Grilled Salmon, Blackened Chicken Fettuccine, Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Beer Battered Fish & Chips, Cashew Crusted Tilapia, Tender Beef Medallions, Romano Chicken Chopped Salad, and McCormick's Cheeseburger. Veterans can also enjoy a 50% discount on bottles of Golden Wine. Bring in official verification. This offer is for dine-in only, and it's recommended to make a reservation before November 9 due to the popularity of this offer.

California Pizza Kitchen - California Pizza Kitchen is having a Veterans Day free meal as well and both veterans and those in active military duty can take advantage. Stop by your local California Pizza Kitchen on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 to choose a pizza, full size salad, or pasta from the special Veterans Day Menu when you dine-in. You'll need come in uniform or bring your military ID or another proof of service.

Longhorn Steakhouse - LongHorn Steakhouse is giving away free Texas Tonions and non-alcoholic beverages to veterans who stop into their local Longhorn Steakhouse on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. You'll need to bring proof of service with you for this freebie such as wearing your uniform or showing Military ID.

Carrabba's  - If you are a veteran or active military member, you can stop by a Carrabba's near you and get a free appetizer of your choice on Tuesday, November 11. There's no purchase necessary or coupon required, and you'll need to bring military ID or come in your uniform.

Bob Evan's - Veterans and active military personnel can stop into a Bob Evans location and receive free all you can eat hotcakes on Tuesday, November 11. You'll need to bring proof of military service to get your Veterans Day free meal.

Einstein Bros. Bagels - Any veteran can stop by their local Einstein Bros Bagels on Tuesday, November 11 and get a free coffee.  No purchase is required to get the free coffee, but you do need to show military ID.

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt - Menchie's will be giving out free 6 oz. cups of frozen yogurt to veterans and active duty military all day on Veterans Day. You'll need to show military ID or dress in uniform to receive this Veterans Day freebie. Find out where a Menchie's is near you to take advantage of this offer.

Max & Erma's - Max & Erma's will be honoring veterans and active military personnel by giving out a free Best Cheeseburger in America combo which includes choice of Tortilla Soup or side House Salad, a Cheeseburger and french fries, and a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie for dessert. This offer is valid only for participating Max & Erma's so be sure to contact your local restaurant before heading out. This is for dine-in only and you'll need to show proof of military service.

Pinnacle Entertainment Casinos - Select Pinnacle Entertainment casinos will be giving veterans and service personnel free meals on Tuesday, November 11. Participating casinos include Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago, Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City, Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg, Belterra Casino Resort Florence Ind, Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center in Cincinnati OH and River City Casino & Hotel in St. Louis MO. A veteran's card or valid military ID needs to be shown to receive the free meal.

Travel Centers of America - All CDL drivers who are also military veterans will get a Veterans Day free meal at participating full service restaurants inside Travel Centers of America on Tuesday, November 11. You'll need to show proof of military service to get your free meal up to a $15 value.

Buehler's Fresh Foods - Buehler's Grocery in Ohio will be having a free breakfast meal and coffee for veterans Tuesday, November 11, from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. The free breakfast meal includes any items under "Breakfast Meals" on their menu.

Mary Yoder's Amish Kitchen - Mary Yoder's Amish Kitchen in Middlefield, Ohio will be serving veterans a free meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) on November 11, 2014. Bring along your military ID or DD214 for your Veterans Day free meal.

Tim Horton's - All U.S. locations of Tim Hortons is giving away a free donut to all active and inactive U.S. military veterans on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Veterans will need to be in uniform or show military ID. No purchase necessary.

Friendly's - Friendly's is giving veterans and active military a free Veterans Day breakfast, lunch, or dinner on Tuesday, November 11. Choices include a Big Two Do breakfast, which includes a coffee and the choice between French toast, buttermilk pancakes, or regular toast along with bacon or sausage links, and some eggs. Lunch or dinner includes an All-American Burger served with fries and a beverage. You'll need to present your military ID or honorable discharge card to get this Veterans Day freebie at a Friendly's near you. Make sure you call ahead to see if your Friendly's is participating.

Applebee's -  Stop into a participating Applebee's on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 to get your Veterans day free meal. You'll be able to choose a meal from a limited Veteran's Day menu that includes steak, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, salad, pasta, chicken, and shrimp. You can see the complete menu by using the link above. This deal is dine-in only and beverages and gratuity are not included. You'll need to bring in one proof of military service such as a U.S. Uniform Service ID card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID card, current Leave and Earnings statement, photograph in uniform, be wearing your uniform, a veterans organization card such as American Legion or VFW, or a DD214. Find an Applebee's near you and call ahead to find out if they are participating in the Veterans Day free meal.

BJ's Restaurant - BJ's will be giving free meals to veterans on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, valued up to $9.95. Please contact your local BJ's to get details on their Veterans Day promotion before heading out.

Perkins - Participating Perkins Restaurant & Bakeries are giving out a free Magnificent Seven meal which includes two eggs, three buttermilk pancakes, and a choice of two bacon strips or two sausage links, beverages not included. Not all locations are participating, so be sure to call ahead to your local Perkins before heading out. Be sure to bring along your military ID to take advantage of this free Veterans Day meal.

Champps Free Cheeseburger and Fries - Veterans and active-duty receive a free handcrafted burger and fries all day. Choose from a select menu. Participating locations only, check to confirm.

Cheeseburger in Paradise - On Monday, November 11 get a complimentary All-American Burger with fries to active and retired military personnel. Dine in only and must purchase a beverage and present proof of service.

Denny's - All active, inactive and retired military personnel, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 11 and at all participating Denny’s restaurants nationwide, diners with a valid military ID will receive free all-you-can-eat pancakes.

Boston Market - Free Rotisserie Chicken From Boston Market.


These Veterans Day free meals or free food require a purchase.

  • Lone Star Steakhouse - Lone Star Steakhouse will be offering veterans a free Starter on Veterans Day this year.
  • Uno Pizzeria & Grill - UNO Pizzeria & Grill will offer veterans and active duty military a free entrée or individual pizza with the purchase of an entrée or pizza of equal or greater value on November 11, 2014. Military ID is required.  Additionally, mention that you are there that day to support Fisher House, and a portion of your party’s check will go to benefit the Fisher House Foundation, a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment at a nearby hospital or medical center. 
  • bd's Mongolian Grill 10% Discount - bd's Mongolian Grill are giving veterans and active military members 10% off their total bill this year on Veterans Day.



Home Depot 10% Veterans Day Discount - Home Depot is branching their military discount out to include all veterans for Veterans Day. Veterans can save 10% off any purchase.

Dollar General 11% Veterans Day Discount - Veterans, active military members, and their families will get 11% off their in-store or online purchase at Dollar General on Veterans Day.

JCPenney 20% Discount - JCPenney will give anyone with a military ID or proof of service 20% off their purchases November 3-15, in-store only.

Lowe's 10% Military Discount - Lowe's has a 10% military discount for current, retired, and VA members. This also applies to immediate family.

Char-Broil 10% off - Get 10% Off Sitewide on orders over $75 at Char-Broil! Code: A14VET. Ends 11/15/14. Anyone can use.

Sleep Number Military Discount - From October 14 through November 16, 2014, Sleep Number is providing exclusive offers for current and past military personnel.  Save $400-$700 on selected Sleep Number® mattress sets.

Bed, Bath & Beyond - 20% off in store purchases Nov 9, Nov 10 and Nov 11

Big Lots - 10% off all purchases Nov. 9-11.

Build-A-Bear Workshop - 20% off entire purchase.


Admission and Tickets

Knott’s Berry Farm - From November 1 to January 4, 2014, veterans and those on active military duty can get free admission to Knott's Berry Farm for themselves and one other guest. Six additional discounted tickets are also available.

Seaworld Parks & Entertainment Veterans Discount - Veterans get 50% off tickets now through November 11th, 2014 and must be used by December 21, 2014. Veterans promotion includes Seaworld properties include SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Sesame Place Langhorne.  The program does not include Discovery Cove® in Orlando or Aquatica, SeaWorld’s WaterparkTM.  Active Duty military members who already used their free admission for the year can also get 50% off tickets.

Free Entrance Into National Parks - This freebie is in honor of Veterans Day but everyone can take part in it. Over 100 national parks will waive admission fees on November 11, 2014 in honor of Veteran's Day.

Veteran Ticket Foundation – Get free tickets to sporting events, movie, shows, and more by visiting

Free Admission to Colonial Williamsburg - Veterans, service members, and dependents of currently deployed troops can get free admission tickets to Colonial Williamsburg November 7-11.



Amtrak offers a 10% military discount to active duty military and their families…plus they allow uniformed personnel to go to the front of the line!

Free Night Lodging at B&B's Around the Country - Vets can stay the night at over 200 participating B&B's and inns around the country on Monday, November 10 and Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Reservations for your free stay can be made now and are only available while supplies last. There are also many Canadian B&Bs participating this year.



Free Car Washes for Veterans - Grace for Vets is a non-profit organization who has gotten together independent car wash operates to offer veterans a free car wash in thousands of locations on November 11, 2014. Here's a list of participating car washes.

Free Haircuts at Sports Clips - Veterans and active duty U.S. service members can stop in on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 to get a free haircut.

Free Haircuts at Great Clips - Veterans and active/inactive/retired military members can stop into Great Clips on Tuesday, November 11 and get a free haircut or pickup a free haircut card to use before the end of the year. Anyone can stop in to get their haircut and receive a free haircut card that they can give to a veteran.

Organizations band together, help vets in need

Veterans who are down on their luck will get access to a free meal, health screenings, clothing, job-placement services and other assistance at the Central Ohio Stand Down.

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