Veterans Day 2018: Local events and freebies to honor our country’s heroes

Veterans Day is Sunday, Nov. 11. From restaurant freebies to local events, there are plenty of ways to say thank you to our brave men and women.

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Many restaurants are offering discounts, free meals or other goodies on Veterans Day. Plus, local celebrations and parades around town will also champion our country’s heroes. We have it all mapped out here. Share this list with the soldier in your life.

Free meals and treats for veterans

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Before you go to any of these locations, call ahead to make sure the restaurant in your area is honoring these deals, as listed on

Applebee’s: Applebee’s has a tradition of offering veterans and active duty military a free meal on Nov. 11. It continues the tradition this year.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: All current and retired military get a free entree (up to a $12.95 value), plus a free Dr. Pepper beverage on Nov. 11. Dine-in only. Plus, throughout the whole month of November, current and retired military can reserve a free Pizookie dessert, which will be purchased by guests who have opted to contribute $1 extra on their checks to the “Buy a Hero a Pizookie” program. See details.

Chili’s: Free meal for veterans and active duty military Nov. 11 See the special Veteran’s Day Menu.

Chipotle: Buy-one-get-one-free on dine-in purchases at Chipotle on Veterans Day. Valid on burritos, bowls, salads and taco orders. This offer is valid for active duty military, veterans, reserves, national guard, military spouses and retired military. Limit of one free menu item with military ID.

Golden Corral: Military Appreciation night is on Nov. 12 (observed Veterans Day) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.. Anyone who has served in the U.S. military (retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or Reserves) is eligible to receive a free meal. Guests (including family) are welcome to join, but pay full menu pricing. Dine-in only. See details.

Hooter’s: Free meal for active duty and retired military on Nov. 11. Must purchase a beverage to get this deal and order from a special Veterans Day menu.

Little Caesars: Free $5 Hot N Ready Lunch Combo for veterans and active military Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. See details.

Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch for veterans and active duty Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bonefish Grill: Active and retired service members with valid military ID get a complimentary Bang Bang Shrimp on Nov. 11.

Buffalo Wild Wings: Participating Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants will offer free small boneless or traditional wings and fries for all veterans and active duty service members. Dine-in only. Military ID required.

Cracker Barrel: Veterans and active duty military receive a free piece of Coca-Cola Cake, or a crafted coffee on Nov. 11 at all Cracker Barrel stores. See details.

Denny’s: Denny’s invites all active, inactive and military personnel into its booths on Monday, Nov. 12 from 5 a.m. to noon to enjoy a free Build Your Own Grand Slam. Show valid military ID or DD 214.

Dunkin’: On Nov. 11, veterans and active duty military can receive a free donut at participating Dunkin’ locations, no purchase necessary.

Menchie’s: Free 6-oz. frozen yogurt for military members on Nov. 11.

Red Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert Nov. 11 and Nov. 12 for veterans, active duty and reservists. See the special Veterans Day menu.

Local Veterans Day Events

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National WWII Museum: The museum hosts its annual Veterans Day at the Museum celebration on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ceremony and related programming are free and open to the public and all veterans are invited to attend. Events include a performance by the American Legion Band Performance and a commemoration ceremony. In addition, veterans will receive a free Museum Campus Pass to tour our exhibit galleries.

Lakeview Veterans Day Parade: The fourth annual Lakeview Veterans’ Day Parade rolls on Saturday, Nov. 10 starting at 11 a.m. The route starts at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 6254 Vicksburg Street. The parade will proceed onto Harrison Avenue, go up to Argonne Boulevard and loop around back down Harrison Avenue. The parade will turn right on Vicksburg Street and proceed to the St. Dominic Schoolyard. See the route and more info at the website.

Jefferson Parish Veterans Parade and Concert Celebration: Jefferson Parish hosts a Veterans Day parade on Saturday in Metairie. The parade rolls at 9 a.m., starting at St. Philip Church, 6500 Kawanee Avenue, and concludes at St. Ann School Parking Lot, 4908 Loveland Street. A concert follows at 11 a.m. in St. Ann School Gym. Concessions will be available.

Veterans Day Ceremony at Chalmette National CemeteryA Veterans Day ceremony honors America’s fallen troops at Chalmette National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, November 11. The ceremony will include a color guard, bagpiper, members of the Recognizing our Roots youth living history program, and remarks from post members. Vietnam War veterans buried in the cemetery and members of the post interred elsewhere will be honored with a special salute.

St. Bernard Parish Veterans Day Parade and Recognition CeremonyThe parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Old Hickory Avenue and Judge Perez Drive. The route travels west on Judge Perez Drive and ends at the Frederick Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive. Immediately following the parade a recognition ceremony will be held in front of the Veterans Monument for all veterans.  All veterans will receive a light lunch from Rocky and Carlos Restaurant.

City of Gretna’s 2018 Veterans Day Celebration: Head to the Gretna market on Sunday for a relaxing evening of patriotism. Patriotic music begins at 6:30 p.m. by the American Legion Post 350 Band. Refreshments will also be served.

St. Charles Parish Veterans Day LuncheonSt. Charles Parish will host its annual Veterans Day Luncheon from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway in Luling. Entertainment will be provided by the National World War II Museum’s Victory Belles vocal trio. All veterans residing in St. Charles Parish are invited to attend. For more information, call (985) 783-5183.

New Orleans VA Medical Center: The Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System will host Veterans Day activities at the new Veterans medical center including lunch for homeless veterans and event attendees, games a ceremony and other events. Activities start at noon and end at 2:20 p.m. in the therapeutic recreation gym at the Veterans medical center.