Kudos to the Heinzen Ditter VFW Post 5903 and the American Legion Post 394 for sponsoring an excellent Veterans Day Program on November 10, 2018. The parking lot was completely full. PBYR was honored to help promote the event.
All the speakers highlighted poignant reflections about America, such as clarity of purpose, mission, respect and the importance of character. I reflected on the comments about the dedication and time commitment of the Veterans that volunteer to serve with the Fort Snelling Rifle Squad and those that serve as a Color Guard to meet the numerous requests for assistance at burials and representation at special events. Veterans do us proud by their example and dedication! Congrats to VFW Commander Jim Heimerl et al in making this program a success.
Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP
On Monday, November 12, 4 -6 p.m., at the Winona County History Center, a new permanent exhibit will open highlighting the history of the 1915 Winona Armory, now part of the History Center and the Winona County Historical Society’s largest artifact.
This new permanent exhibit highlights the old Armory’s history, its special way of connecting military and civilians and how it still connects various members of the community as a museum today. The exhibit also features a short film with area community members, both civilian and veteran, sharing their memories and stories of the old Armory.
The Winona County Historical Society was awarded a Veterans Voices Grant from the Minnesota Humanities Center to do this project and are honored to partner with them and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Project to also commemorate the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice, which later became Veterans Day, and thank our area military veterans and their families with a special reception and exhibit opening. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served with a cash bar, and the film screening with some special remarks will be at 5:15 p.m.
A special commemorative patch will be given out (as supplies last) that highlights the emblem still on the Armory main floor that was used for the 47th Infantry Division, known as the Viking Division, the local guard was Company C, Second Regiment.
This work is funded in part with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Project partners are Engage Winona and Wenonah Creates.
Find more and plan your visit at http://www.winonahistory.org or call WCHS at 507.454.2723.
The Metro area YMCA’s have some great Veteran Appreciation events going on this month. We would love to have you be a part of any and all of these events.
We have a promo for sign up right now as well so make sure everyone takes advantage of this deal!!
Eastside YMCA – ST Paul MN
Rise and Shine Bootcamp: 8:45 am to 9:45 am (Open to all)
Pancake Breakfast: 9:00 am to 11:00 am (Open to all Veteran’s and their family) The Eastside YMCA will also host an Open House to all military and their families
Open to all with proof of Military I.D or DD214.
WHEN: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10th
TIME: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: EASTSIDE CONFERENCE ROOM
St. Paul Eastside YMCA
875 Arcade Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
Forest Lake YMCA
When : Nov 30th
Where : At the Forest Lake YMCA
All are welcome to join. Please bring a DD214 for grant tracking purposes and also get an extra raffle ticket for doing so. We have two raffle baskets one from tin whiskers brewery and one from the YMCA swag bag. Bring a dish to pass
Open House and Veterans breakfast
Nov 14th 10am
1761 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104
St. Paul Midway YMCA
Elk River YMCA
Open House and a Boot Camp Class Monday Nov 12th
13337 Business Center Drive Northwest
Elk River, MN 55330
Websites listing various Veterans Day deals, 2018
Bunker Labs–Veteran Resource Fair
November 8th, 1700-1930
225 South 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Other deals for Vets!
Free Meals Before Veterans Day:
Huddle House, Nov. 9 – 12, 2018. FREE order of Sweet Cakes (Huddle House’s fluffy, platter-size pancakes available in eight different flavor and topping combinations) to all active military members and veterans with proper I.D. on Veterans Day at all Huddle House locations nationwide.
Shane’s Rib Shack, Nov. 8 – 10, 2018. Free sandwich combo, including sandwich, regular side, and 20 oz drink at participating Shane’s Rib Shack locations only.
Free Meals on Veterans Day:
The following offers are all on Veterans Day, Nov 11, 2018:
54th Street Grill, Nov. 11, 2018. Free entree, up to $12, for Veterans and Active Duty Military. Proof of service required, Dine-in Only.
Acapulco, Nov. 11, 2018. Complimentary meal.
Applebee’s, Nov. 11, 2018: One of 8 entrées to choose from for a free meal. Military ID or proof of service required. You can read all about the offer in our post here, and get more information and check out all of Applebee’s locations on their website.
Bar Louie, Nov. 11, 2018. Free Flatbread or Burger, up to $15, with ID. You can check out Bar Loui’s website to see all of their locations and details on their Veterans Day promotion.
CentraArchy Restaurants, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal for veterans at select locations of New York Prime, California Dreaming, The Tavern at Phipps, Chophouse New Orleans, Carolina Roadhouse, Joey D’s Oak Room, Chophouse ’47 or Gulfstream Café. Find all the details at CentraArchy Restaurant’s website.
Chevys Fresh Mex, Nov. 11, 2018. Complimentary meal.
Chili’s, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal from a select menu. Dine-in only and participating locations only. Proof of military service required.
The Chop House, Nov. 11th, and Nov. 12th, 2018. 50% off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree to veterans with military ID or in uniform.
Connors Steak & Seafood, Nov. 11th, and Nov. 12th, 2018. 50% off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree to veterans with military ID or in uniform.
Cotton Patch Café, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal for current and former military members. Choices include full-size chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken. Proof of service required. You can learn more on Cotton Patch Cafe’s site, as well as seeing where your nearest location is.
Cracker Barrel, Nov. 11, 2018. Complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake for dessert or a Crafted Coffee.
El Torito & El Torito, Grill, Nov. 11, 2018. Complimentary meal.
Famous Dave’s, Nov. 11, 2018, and Nov. 12, 2018. Free 2 Meat Combo served with choice of side and cornbread muffin – for veterans and current military members. Bring proof of service. Participating locations only.
Friendly’s, Nov. 11, 2018. Free breakfast, lunch, or dinner to guests with a valid military ID or honorable discharge card. Meal options include the Big-Two-Do® breakfast (choice of two slices of French toast, two buttermilk pancakes or two slices of toast; two strips of crispy bacon or two sausage links and two made-to-order farm fresh eggs), or All American Burger (fries and a beverage) during lunch or dinner. Dine-in only. This offer is limited to one per person at participating locations only.
Green Mill, Nov. 11, 2018. Free menu item for lunch or dinner. Offer includes any single item from our menu. Some limitations. Proof of military service required. Dine-in Only.
Grub Burger Bar, Nov. 11, 2018. Free entree for active, inactive, and retired military personnel. Proof of military service is required. Find your nearest location.
Hy-Vee, Free Breakfast, Nov. 11, 2018. Free Veterans Day breakfast from 7am – 11am at all participating Hy-Vee supermarkets with in-store dining.
Logan’s Roadhouse, Nov. 11, 2018 (3 pm – 6 pm). Free entrée from the American Roadhouse Meals menu for veterans and active duty military personnel. 10% discount year-round. Call your local Logan’s Roadhouse for details and to verify participation.
LongHorn Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2018. Free appetizer or dessert (no purchase required, no restrictions). Additional 10% off for guests that dine with Veterans on November 11. Offer good for Veterans and active-duty military members. Proof of service required. Find a location near you.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, Nov. 11, 2018. Veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée from a special menu. Veterans must provide proof of military service. No ID needed for Gold Star Family members (parents or spouse). Be sure to contact your local McCormick & Schmick’s as this is valid at participating restaurants only. Space is limited and reservations are highly recommended. Be sure to review our rundown of this offer, and if you still need more information visit McCormick and Schmick’s Veterans Appreciation Event.
Nékter Juice Bar, Nov. 11, 2018. Free 16 oz Juices and Smoothies to Veterans and Active Duty Military all day long at participating locations. Find a Nékter Juice Bar near you and get their contact info to learn more about their free smoothie offer.
Olive Garden, Nov. 11, 2018. Free entrée from a special menu. Entrées are served with unlimited soup or house salad and garlic breadsticks. Offer good for veterans and active duty military; proof of service required. Read our guide to Olive Garden’s Veterans Day special and take a look at their locations.
On The Border, Nov. 11, 2018. Veterans and current servicemembers will receive a free Choose-2 Combo Meal. Each combo is accompanied with sides of Mexican rice and refried beans (black beans upon request), plus endless complimentary tortilla chips and housemade salsa. Dine-in only, proof of service required.
Outback Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2018. Free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage. This offer is available to Military Personnel and veterans with ID. Also available 10% OFF Heroes Discount is open to servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters, and first responders, with corresponding state or federal service ID through Dec 31, 2018. You can learn more in our post on Outback’s military discount and find an Outback near you with the restaurant’s locator tool, as well as checking out their Operation Homefront initiative.
Primanti Bros, Nov. 11, 2018. Free Sandwich for veterans and active duty military at participating locations.
Rib Crib, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal from Menu of Honor, which includes choice of two meats and two sides, and your choice of a non-alcoholic beverage.
Sagebrush Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2018, 10 am – 11 pm. Free meal from select menu for veterans and current military members. Includes non-alcoholic beverage. Bring proof of military service.
Texas Corral, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal from a special menu, plus lemonade, iced tea, or coffee for veterans and current military personnel. Bring proof of military service.
Texas Roadhouse, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal from special menu. Includes sides and a soft drink, coffee, or tea. Proof of service required. Dine-in only. You can access more info and find locations on Texas Roadhouse’s website.
TooJay’s, Nov. 11, 2018. Free entrée from a special menu on Veteran’s Day.
Vitality Bowls, Nov. 11, 2018. Free smoothies for current and former military members at all corporate-owned locations and participating franchises.
Wienerschnitzel, Nov. 11, 2018. A complimentary Chili Dog, small fries and 20 oz. drink at participating Wienerschnitzel locations, with valid military ID or by wearing a military uniform.
Wild Wing Café, Nov. 11, 2018. A complimentary meal with proof of service. Veteran may choose from any Awesome Salad, Wild Wrap, Beefy Burger, or Chicken Sandwich. Participating locations only.
Free Meals After Veterans Day:
Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar, Nov. 12, 2018. Current and former military members will receive a free meal from a special menu. Dine-in only.
Golden Corral, Nov. 12, 2018 (5pm – 9pm): The 18th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation dinner, which you can learn all about on the website.
Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House, Nov. 12, 2018. Free Soup, Salad, and Desert Bar. Beverage Included. Available for all veterans and active duty military. Dine-in only, valid ID or proof of service required. Valid at participating restaurants only, 11am – 9pm. Hoss’s website provides you with more info and locations.
K&W Cafeteria, Nov. 12, 2018. Free meal, including entrée, 2 vegetables, Bread, and Beverage.
Rock & Brews, Nov. 12, 2018. Complimentary pulled pork sandwich and a side dish or Strawberry Fields Salad. Available for Veterans, Armed Forces, and First Responders. Proof of military service required. Participating locations; Dine-in Only. More info is available on their website.
Twin Peaks, Nov. 12, 2018. Military Monday. Free menu item from a select menu at participating locations. Please call ahead to verify participation.
Military.com has compiled a list of free or reduced goods and services offered to service members, veterans and their families by businesses and organizations in honor of Veterans Day. The list will continue to be updated as it gets closer to Nov. 11.
The following discounts have been confirmed by Military.com, through either press releases or direct communication with the company.
Most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a VA health identification card, military ID, DD-214 or veterans service organization card (e.g., The American Legion, VFW, DAV, AMVETS, MOAA, FRA, etc.). In some cases businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform.
Note: Not all franchise locations participate in their national chain’s Veterans Day programs, so contact your nearest establishment to make sure they are participating.
Also, visit www.legion.org/veteransbenefits/state to see what benefits and opportunities are available to veterans in your state.
2018 Veterans Day Restaurant Specials
54th Street Grill — Veterans and active-duty military get a free entree up to $12 on Nov. 11.
Applebee’s — Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu on Nov. 11.
Arooga’s — Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal from a fixed menu on Nov. 12.
Bar Louie — On Nov. 11, veterans and military personnel get a free burger or flatbread up to a $15 value.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse — For the month of November, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and Dr Pepper are contributing 11,000 Pizookies® to the restaurant’s ‘Buy a Hero a Pizookie’ program. Current or retired military simply claim a Pizookie® at www.bjsrestaurants.com/heropizookie Nov. 1-30, while supplies last. Once claimed, the offer is emailed and valid for 72 hours. Guests who would like to honor these heroes can contribute $1 or more on their restaurant bill to the program. With a contribution of $1 of more, guests will receive a bounce-back coupon for a FREE Pizookie® with any food purchase of $9.95 valid through 12/31/2018. And on Sunday, Nov. 11, all military members who dine in-restaurant receive a complimentary entree up to $12.95, plus a free Dr Pepper beverage, by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse location nationwide.
Buffalo Wild Wings — Veterans and active-duty military personnel receive one small order of wings and a side of fries for free on Nov. 11.
CentraArchy Restaurants — Veterans and active-duty servicemembers get a free entree on Nov. 11.
Chevys Fresh Mex — On Nov. 11, veterans and current servicemembers will be served a free meal from a select menu from 3 p.m. until closing.
Chop House — On Nov. 11-12, veterans get 50 percent off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree.
Connors Steak & Seafood — On Nov. 11-12, veterans get 50 percent off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree.
Cotton Patch Cafe — Veterans and active-duty military get a free chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken on Nov. 11.
Cracker Barrel — Veterans get a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake or a Crafted Coffee on Nov. 11.
Eat’n Park — All active and former military personnel will receive a 10 percent discount for the entire month of November.
El Torito — On Nov. 11, veterans and current servicemembers will be served a free meal from a select menu from 3 p.m. until closing.
Famous Dave’s — On Nov. 11-12, former and current military personnel will receive a free 2 Meat Salute.
Friendly’s — Veterans and active military get a free breakfast, lunch or dinner from a limited menu on Nov. 11.
Golden Corral — Golden Corral Restaurants’ Military Appreciation Night free dinner will be available on Nov. 12 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and reserves are all welcome.
Green Mill Restaurant and Bar — Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal on Nov. 11.
Grub Burger Bar — Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a complimentary entree on Nov. 11 at all locations.
Hoss’s Steak and Sea House — Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal from the soup, salad and dessert bar on Nov. 12.
Hy-Vee — Veterans and active-duty military members get a free breakfast buffet on Nov. 11.
K&W Cafeterias — Veterans and active duty get a free meal on Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. until closing.
Kings Family Restaurant — Veterans and active military members get a free meal from a select menu on Nov. 12.
Logan’s Roadhouse — On Nov. 11 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., veterans and military personnel receive a free meal from the American Roadhouse Meals menu.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants — Veterans and Gold Star honorees (parents and spouse) can enjoy a free entree from a special menu on Nov. 11.
On the Border — Veterans receive a free Create Your Own Combo entree (Choose 2) on Nov. 11.
Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant — Veterans and active-duty servicemembers will receive a 25 percent discount on their bill on Nov. 11.
Primanti Bros. — Veterans and active-duty military get a free sandwich all day on Nov. 11.
Rock and Brews — Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary pulled pork sandwich or salad on Nov. 12.
Ruby Tuesday — Veterans, active-duty and reserve servicemembers get a free appetizer on Nov. 11.
Sagebrush Steakhouse — Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a select menu on Nov. 11.
Shane’s Rib Shack — Active-duty military and veterans get a free sandwich combo Nov. 8-10 at participating locations.
Texas Corral — Veterans and active servicemembers get a free entree from a special menu along with an iced tea, lemonade or coffee on Nov. 11.
TooJay’s — Veterans and active-duty military get a free entree from a special menu on Nov. 11.
Twin Peaks – Active-duty and veterans get a free meal from a select menu on Nov. 12.
Wienerschnitzel — Veterans and active-duty military receive a free Chili Dog, small fries and a 20 oz. drink on Nov. 11.
Wild Wing Cafe — Veterans eat for free all day from select items on Nov. 11 at participating locations.
2018 Veterans Day Travel and Recreation Discounts
9/11 Memorial and Museum — Veterans will receive free museum admission, as well as half-price museum tickets for up to two family members, Nov. 7-11.
Aquarium of the Pacific — Veterans and military personnel get free admission on Nov. 11.
B&Bs for Vets — Complimentary rooms at inns will be offered to veterans on or around Nov. 11.
Birmingham Zoo — Veterans, active and retired military and their dependents will receive free admission on Nov. 11-12.
Boston Bruins — In conjunction with Military Appreciation Night on Nov. 5, all military will receive a 20 percent off discount at the ProShop and all GameDay ProShop locations.
Boston Duck Tours — Veterans and active military ride free Nov. 12-16. Dependents ride for $10 per person (plus 5 percent CCF surcharge).
Colonial Williamsburg — Military families can receive a free admission ticket during Veterans Day weekend.
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden — Veterans get free admission on Nov. 11.
Harley-Davidson Museum — The Harley-Davidson Museum is offering free admission to active military, veterans and their families November 9-11 in honor of Veterans Day.
Killington Resort – Active-duty, retired and honorably discharged members of the military ski for free on Nov. 11.
Knott’s Berry Farm – Active-duty military and veterans receive free admission for themselves and 1 guest Nov. 1 – 15 and Nov. 26 – December 21. Additional discounted tickets may be purchased at the ticket booth.
LEGOLAND Florida – November 1-30, all veterans and active-duty military can receive free admission. Veterans also can purchase theme park tickets for up to six guests at a 50 percent discount on the same dates.
Montpelier — Veterans get free House tours Nov. 9-11. Veterans also receive a 10 percent discount on any purchase at the Museum Shop.
Monticello — Veterans get complimentary admission for Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 10-12.
Mount Vernon — All active-duty, former or retired military personnel are admitted for free on Nov. 11.
National Parks — On Nov. 11, veterans will have access to over 100 national parks that require entrance fees for free.
National WWI Museum and Memorial — Admission is free for veterans and active-duty military personnel Nov. 9-11.
New Mexico Museum of Space History — Veterans get free admission on Nov. 11.
Newseum — Veterans and active-duty members of the military plus one guest get free admission on Nov. 10-11.
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium — On November 10-12, active-duty service members and veterans receive free admission. Immediate family members will receive half off general admission.
Pro Football Hall of Fame — Throughout the month of November, all veterans and active military plus one guest get free museum admission and parking.
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden — All military veterans who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, will receive free admission on Nov. 11.
Super 8 by Wyndham — From Oct. 16-Dec. 11, 2018, any current or retired military personnel, veterans and their families who book and stay at participating Super 8 hotels in the United States and Canada can take advantage of Super 8’s 20-percent-off military discount. Additionally, guests who book using this offer through a Wyndham direct booking channel will be automatically enrolled into Wyndham Rewards and eligible for 500 bonus points. Learn more at super8.com/military.
Westgate Resorts — Westgate Resorts are honoring our U.S. military personnel and their families by giving away free vacations. On Nov. 9, they will open up registration for the event that will be held in May 2019.
Woodland Park Zoo — Active, retired and veteran military personnel and their spouses get free admission on Nov. 11.
World of Coca-Cola — Active-duty, reserves and retirees get free admission year-round, and from Nov. 1-11, members of the armed forces may also purchase up to four half-price general admission tickets for their friends and family.
2018 Veterans Day Retail Offerings
Brides Across America — Brides Across America holds a wedding gown giveaway for military in partnership with bridal salons across the country in November. Qualifying brides register to attend the event at a participating bridal salon by completing the registration form and paying a $40 fee. Attend the event and select one of the designated gowns on display. Visit the Brides Across America website for more details.
Enterprise Car Sales — Active-duty military members, veterans and their dependents get a Firestone Prepaid Maintenance Package with any used-vehicle purchase during the month of November.
Grace for Vets — Car washes from around the world that join this program offer free car washes to veterans and service members on Nov. 11.
Great Clips – On November 11, veterans and current military members can visit a Great Clips salon to receive either a free haircut or a free-haircut card to use at a later date. Non-military customers can purchase a service on Veterans Day and get a free-haircut card to give to a veteran you know. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.
Home Depot — Home Depot offers a 10 percent discount to all veterans on Nov. 11. Home Depot offers the 10 percent discount year-round to active-duty and retirees.
Rack Room Shoes — Military personnel and their dependents get a 10 percent discount off an entire purchase on Nov. 11.
Sears Garage Services — From Nov. 9-12, anyone with a valid military ID can save 10 percent off any product or service.
Sport Clips — Participating locations are offering veterans and active-duty servicemembers free haircuts on Nov. 11.
Tractor Supply — This Veterans Day, customers with a valid military ID or proof of service, and their dependents, will receive 15 percent off their entire purchase. This discount will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 11, and will be available at all of Tractor Supply’s more than 1,725 locations nationwide.