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Deals and discounts for Veterans Day 2019

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Editor's note: American Legion members and Sons of The American Legion members receive special discounts through their membership. Learn more about the deals offered at our special discounts page.

The following are some discounts for veterans and servicemembers for restaurants, retail outlets and recreational opportunities for Veterans Day. While these have been verified, check your local franchise to be sure that they are honoring the discounts and for more information.


54th Street Family Grill

Veterans and active-duty military eat free (up to $12) on Veterans Day.

Another Broken Egg Café

Veterans Day Breakfast for Heroes. We're inviting all veterans, active and retired military service members to enjoy a FREE Patriot French Toast Combo and coffee on Monday, Nov. 11.


We are proud to serve those who serve. Over the past 11 years, Applebee’s restaurants nationwide have served free meals to veterans and active-duty military on Veterans Day to honor them for their courage and sacrifice. We invite you to join us this Veterans Day, Nov. 11, to continue our tradition.

Bagger Dave’s

Active, non-active, reservists, retired personnel and first responders with proof of military identification receive a free great American cheeseburger and fries on Nov. 11.

Bandana’s Bar-B-Q

Veterans and active-duty military eat free (up to a $10 value) on Veterans day. Must show valid military ID or proof of service.

BJ’s Restaurant Brewhouse

All current and former military can enjoy a free entrée up to $14.95 and a free Dr. Pepper beverage on Monday, Nov. 11.

Black Angus Steakhouse

The Veterans Day plate is offered at $9.99 for an 8 oz. Certified Angus Beef® Top Sirloin with mashed potatoes, fresh broccoli with garlic butter and a non-alcoholic beverage. Only valid on Monday 11/11/19. All military personnel who produce a valid military ID or proof of military service are eligible to receive this special offer. One offer valid per veteran or active-duty military personnel.

Bob Evans

Veterans and active-duty military, your meal is on us. Join us Monday, Nov. 11, and we’ll treat you to one of your favorites: country biscuit breakfast, brioche French toast, the mini sampler, stack of hotcakes, soup & salad combo, or dinner bell plates.

Burnt Wood Tavern

All Veterans and active military eat free on Veterans Day.

California Pizza Kitchen

This Veterans Day, California Pizza Kitchen offers its gratitude to our nation’s veterans and active U.S. military members with an invitation to enjoy a complimentary meal from CPK’s Veterans Day menu at all participating California Pizza Kitchen locations nationwide. The special menu will include a choice of a complimentary pizza, pasta or full size salad and beverage for active military members or veterans with proof of service. Participating guests will also receive a card to redeem for a buy one, get one free** pizza, pasta, or salad during a return visit November 12-20.

Cattleman’s Steakhouse

In honor of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Cattlemens Steakhouse is inviting all active, inactive and retired military personal to enjoy a complimentary 8 oz. Sirloin Steak dinner. It’s Cattlemens way of proudly serving those who have served our country. All Cattlemens locations open at 4 p.m. every day. Call your local Cattlemens for details.

CentrAarchy Restaurants (California Dreaming, Carolina Roadhouse, Chophouse ’47, Chophouse New Orleans, Gulfstream Café, Joey D’s Oak Room, New York Prime, The Tavern at Phipps)

Any U.S. veteran or active duty military member is invited to enjoy a FREE entree Monday, November 11, at any CentraArchy restaurant location.


Thank you for your service. Your Veterans Day meal is on us.

All veterans & active military members can get a free meal on Veterans Day Nov. 11 at all participating Chili's Grill & Bar restaurants. Please call ahead to your local Chili’s restaurant if you have any questions about your Veterans Day meals.

City Barbeque

All day on Monday, Nov. 11, all veterans and U.S. military can stop by any City Barbeque location and receive a free sandwich, two sides and a regular beverage, applicable on either dine-in or carryout orders.

Cotton Patch Cafe

Every Veterans Day, all our restaurants are proud to serve our Award Winning Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken FREE to all Veteran’s and Active Duty Military.

Country Cookin

All active, reserve, retired, and honorably discharged members of the U.S. military are invited to dine at their local Country Cookin on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. Simply show valid military ID (such as a VA benefits card) and fill out the service card to receive a free salad bar or $5 off any entree. Thank you for your service to our country!

Country Kitchen

We invite all active and retired military to enjoy a free country scramble on Veterans Day at participating restaurants. Must provide proof of service.

Cracker Barrel

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, all U.S. military veterans and active duty military receive a complimentary Pumpkin Pie Latte or a slice of our Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake at all Cracker Barrel locations to thank them for their service and sacrifice for our country.

Crooked Pint Ale House

Veterans and active-duty military eat free Monday, Nov. 11. We’re proud to honor those who served on Veterans Day, with a free menu item. Free meal offer includes any single item from our menu for dine-in only. Active-duty military and veterans must show proof of service. Available on Nov. 11 at participating Crooked Pint locations only. Not valid with any other discount or offer. Beverages and gratuity not included.

Golden Corral

Golden Corral, the nation’s #1 grill buffet franchise, will thank thousands of active-duty and retired U.S. military personnel for their service with a free dinner buffet and beverage, while raising donations for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). At all its restaurants nationwide, Golden Corral will serve free dinner buffets with beverage from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 to any person who is serving or has served in a United States Military branch, including the National Guard and reserves – identification is not required.

Kolache Factory

Kolache Factory, the largest specialty kolache bakery in the world, will offer a free sausage and cheese kolache and a free coffee (any size) at all its locations to all veteran and active military with government-issued military photo ID on Monday, Nov. 11.

Little Caesars

Veterans and active duty military receive a free $5 HOT-N-READY lunch combo. Veterans and military personnel must present proof of service

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que


U.S. active duty personnel and veterans get a free dessert on Nov. 11. US active duty personnel and veterans receive 20% off for the entire month of November.

Mission BBQ

Veterans eat free on Veterans Day. Free sandwich and cake for American heroes.


Active and retired military members can get a free meal from the "Veterans Thank You Menu" on Nov. 11 to celebrate Veterans Day. Any active or retired military member just has to show a military ID to take advantage of the offer.

Olive Garden

As a way to honor those who served, we are proud to offer all veterans and active-duty military a free entrée on Veterans/Remembrance Day. Veterans and active-duty military will be provided a special menu, giving them a choice from six of our most popular dishes.


On Nov. 11, all active and retired military members can receive a free Bloomin' Onion and beverage.

Red Robin

Veterans and Active Duty, please join us on Veterans Day, Monday 11/11/19, for a FREE* Tavern Double® Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries. Proof of service is required.

Red Lobster

Red Lobster is offering a complimentary appetizer or dessert to active-duty military, reserves and veterans. Enjoy a FREE Appetizer or Dessert this Monday, November 11.

Scooter’s Coffee

Scooter’s Coffee, a Midwest-based coffee franchise, will offer a free drink of any size to veterans and current military personnel with valid military identification on Monday, Nov. 11.


Shoney’s® Offers FREE All You Care To Eat, freshly prepared breakfast bar for military on Veterans Day

Texas Roadhouse

On Monday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. all veterans — including all active, retired, or former U.S. military — can enjoy a free lunch at Texas Roadhouse. Veterans and active service members can choose one of 10 entrées from Texas Roadhouse's special Veterans Day menu,

Yard House

To honor and celebrate those who have served our country, we invite veterans and active duty military to join us for a complimentary appetizer on Veterans Day.


Aquarium of the Pacific

In celebration of Veterans Day, the Aquarium of the Pacific honors veterans and military personnel. These men and women are invited to enjoy the Aquarium with free admission on Veterans Day. The Aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is FREE for active military and veterans when ID is shown at the ticket window. Friends and family will need to buy tickets at your local MWR/ITT office or receive $3 off adult and $1.50 off child admissions by showing a Military ID card at our ticket window.

Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham, Ala.

In honor of Veterans Day, all veterans, active and retired military and their dependents will receive FREE admission to the Birmingham Zoo on Saturday, Nov. 9 until Monday, Nov. 11.

Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Va.

Colonial Williamsburg is offering FREE admission during Veterans Day weekend, Friday through Monday, November 8-11, to all active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, National Guardsmen and their immediate dependents. Celebrate with special events including in a march and ceremony honoring America's veterans over Veterans Day weekend on Sun. Nov. 10. Your free admission includes: Admission to more than 40 historic trades and sites, admission to our two world-class art museums, complimentary shuttle service.

Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, Tenn.

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will honor active duty and retired armed services members Veterans Day weekend with free admission and special programming Saturday, Nov. 9, through Monday, Nov. 11. Free admission is also extended to up to three immediate family members.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Vernon, Va.

In honor of our nation's veterans, Mount Vernon admits FREE all active duty, former, or retired military personnel on Nov. 11.

Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, Wis.

We salute you! On November 9-11, Harley-Davidson Museum® will offer free Museum entry for all active military, veterans and their families. Learn more about H-D’s military involvement during the Military Gallery Talks at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free entry with valid military or veterans ID for one additional adult and up to four children, 18 years old or younger. MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant and The Shop (located on the Museum campus) offer a military discount every day.

Knotts’s Berry Farm, Buena Park, Calif.

November 3 - 21 and December 2 - 19, 2019

Active, retired and veteran U.S. military personnel may receive free admission to Knott's Berry Farm for themselves and one guest from November 3 - 21 and December 2 - 19, 2019. Up to six military discount tickets may be purchased for $42 each when visiting from November 3 - 21 and $48 each when visiting from December 2 - 19, 2019. Military discount tickets are available for purchase at the Knott's ticket booths.

National Park Service

The National Park Service invites all visitors to remember our veterans by visiting any National Park Service site for free on Veterans Day. Free for all.

Newseum, Washington, D.C.

The Newseum once again offers free admission to veterans and active duty members of the U.S. military plus one guest. This promotion begins Saturday, Nov. 9 and continues throughout Veterans Day weekend, including Monday, Nov. 11.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma, Wash.

U.S. military veterans are invited to enjoy the splendor of Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and the wonder of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium at no charge at Veterans’ Appreciation Days on Nov. 9, 10 and 11. Veterans’ immediate family members will receive half-off general admission at each zoo.

Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita, Kan.

We salute members of our nation’s military, both active duty and veterans, for their dedication and service. To show our appreciation, we’re offering complimentary Zoo admission to all military personnel and their immediate families. To receive free admission, visitors must show a military or veteran ID, discharge papers, or other official identification. Families of deployed military personnel must show an active duty ID.

South Shore Line, Northwest Indiana into Chicago

To show our gratitude, all active duty military personnel and veterans are invited to ride the South Shore Line for free during the weekend of November 8-10 and on Veterans Day (Nov. 11).

Up to three children 13 years of age and under may ride free with each veteran on off- peak weekday and all weekend trains (off-peak weekday trains arrive at Millennium Station after 9:30 a.m. CST and depart Millennium Station before 3:30 p.m. and after 6:30 p.m. CST).

Sunset Zoo, Manhattan, Kan.

Saturday, Nov. 9 is Military Appreciation Day. All guests receive free admission in honor of American soldiers and their families. Thank you for your service!

World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta

Military members (active duty, reserves and retirees) can visit World of Coca-Cola free of charge year-round, but Veterans Day is extra special. To show World of Coca-Cola’s gratitude to the men and women who serve our country, the attraction is extending a special offer to their loved ones as well. From Friday, Nov. 1, to Monday, Nov. 11, members of the Armed Forces may purchase up to four half-price general admission tickets for their friends and family to join them in visiting the attraction. Tickets may be purchased with a valid Armed Forces ID card at the attraction’s ticketing windows.


American Family Care

Free flu shots on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11 for all military veterans.

Great Clips

Veterans and current military members: Visit a U.S. Great Clips salon on Nov. 11 receive either a free haircut that day or the free haircut card to use at a later date. Non-military customers: Purchase a service at a U.S. Great Clips salon on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) and get a free haircut card to give to a veteran you know. Haircut Cards are redeemable until December 31, 2019.

Just Tires

Active and retired military receive free checks for vets plus free tire installation on any tire purchase. Must schedule appointment by Nov. 11 for service by Nov. 16.


Starting Thursday, Nov. 7, and running through Monday, Nov. 11, Kohl’s plans to doluble its regular military discount and give veterans, active-duty members and their families 30% off in stores nationwide. Kohl’s has “Military Mondays’ in which it gives military members, veterans and their families 15% off every Monday throughout the year.


As a small way to show our gratitude, veterans, active military personnel, and their families are invited to save 10% on groceries on Monday, Nov. 11. This offer excludes prescriptions, alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery tickets, postage stamps, and money services. Customer is responsible for all applicable taxes. Valid for in-store purchases only. Please present one of the following at purchase: veteran ID card, military ID card, discharge document, or a driver’s license with veteran designation.

Planet Fitness

We're excited to announce that all veterans and active military personnel are invited to work out and relax at any Planet Fitness in the United States from November 8-15 in honor of Veterans Day. Please feel free to bring a workout buddy at no additional charge, and relax after your workout with free HydroMassage and chair massages. Any proof of military service is accepted, along with a photo ID.

Sleep Number

Military and veteran families receive an extra $100 off select smart beds and adjustable bases with promo code, provided with the above link.


SpartanNash will honor current servicemembers and veterans of the Armed Forces this Veterans Day by offering an 11 percent discount on all eligible products in its more than 135 corporate-owned retail stores in eight states. The 11 percent discount will be offered Sunday, Nov. 10 and Monday, Nov. 11.


We’re proud to offer a 10% military discount on a purchase made in-store and online at from Nov. 3-11.

True Rest Float Spa

Veterans and active duty military receive a free float on November 11 and every 11th of the month.

Tuft & Needle

Veterans receive $175 off Mint and Hybrid mattresses through Nov. 11.

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Legion Baseball alums playing for Team USA

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Five American Legion Baseball alums are among the 28 players comprising USA Baseball’s Team USA that recently earned a spot in the Super Round of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12 in Tokyo.

Playing in the WBSC Premier12™ in Guadalajara, Mexico, Team USA went 2-1 in Group A to advance to the Super Round, which will take place Nov. 11-16. The tournament is the first opportunity for Team USA to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The top finisher from both the Americas territory and Asia/Oceania territory (excluding Japan) will join host-country Japan and WBSC Baseball Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier champion Israel in the six-team Olympic tournament. The final two Olympic berths will be decided in March 2020.

The Legion Baseball alumni are:

Alec Bohm, infielder, Phillies – Omaha Post 1 Swain Construction, Neb.

J.P. Feyereisen, right-handed pitcher, Brewers – River Falls Post 121, Wis.

Tanner Houck, right-handed pitcher, Red Sox – Collinsville Post 365, Ill.

Erik Kratz, catcher, Yankees – Sounderton Post 234, Pa.

Daulton Varsho, catcher/outfielder, Diamondbacks – Marshfield Post 54, Wis.

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For those lost beneath the waves

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In October, the final pieces were put into place off the coast of Sarasota, Fla., of a war memorial that is the first of its kind.

“On Eternal Patrol” is a collection of 67 reef balls dropped to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. A reef ball is an artificial reef designed to serve the same functions as a natural one – especially that of hosting marine life. Each of the balls, 3 feet tall and weighing 1,300 pounds, includes a plaque dedicated to one of the 65 U.S. submarines lost since 1900, as well as its contingent of the more than 4,000 personnel lost in that time period. There is also a ball for United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI), and the pinnacle reef dedicated to the submarine community as a whole, including those lost in non-sinking incidents.

The “On Eternal Patrol” project was developed by Eternal Reefs – a Florida nonprofit specializing in combining cremains with a proprietary concrete mixture used to create artificial reefs – along with other reef organizations. The first dedication of the project was Memorial Day weekend of 2018, but circumstances prevented the beginning of deploying the balls until Memorial Day weekend of 2019; Coast Guard buoy tenders helped with the deployments. Playing an important role in both ceremonies was Dave Taylor, a member of Glen Peters Post 266 in Sarasota. He served as master of ceremonies for the 2018 ceremony, and took photographs aboard the tender during the 2019 ceremony.

Taylor has never been on a submarine (he served in the Army), but when recommended as emcee by a fellow member of the Sarasota County Veterans Commission, “I didn’t hesitate at all – I felt that it was in the best interest of my fellow veterans, regardless of service, to serve as a spokesman for the memorial.” Taylor has been a photographer since his teens, and spent 32 years doing it for the U.S. Postal Service. He is currently pursuing a degree in film and photography, but despite his busy schedule also uses his talents for parades and other veterans events.

Taylor sees the “On Eternal Patrol” collection as “a wonderful solution to a long-overdue problem for families that have loved ones buried at sea. In the past it has been the dumping of ashes in the sea and then ashes float in all directions, giving the loved ones no one spot to come to remember their loved one.” Reef balls are “just like a headstone, but underwater.” He is unsure of his final resting place, and isn’t really thinking about it: “I am too busy honoring those who now have found eternal peace.”

Learn more about the “On Eternal Patrol” project, and the lost submarines and personnel, at

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Legion posts taking lead in Veterans Day events

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American Legion posts, districts and departments across the nation will once again take the lead in ensuring Veterans Day observances take part in their communities and states.

While many of the events take place Nov. 11, some happen over the weekend. Many Legion Family members will take part in traditional events, such as parades and ceremonies – some Legion posts will commemorate the Legion’s 100th birthday during these events – while others will be taking a different approach.

American Legion National Commander Bill Oxford will participate in the National Veterans Day Parade in Birmingham, Ala., which has taken place since 1947. The first celebration using the term Veterans Day occurred in Birmingham in 1947. Raymond Weeks, a World War II veteran, organized “National Veterans Day,” which included a parade and other festivities, to honor all veterans. The event was held on Nov. 11, at the time designated Armistice Day. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed legislation establishing November 11 as Veterans Day.

American Legion National Vice Commander David King will travel to Arlington, Va., to represent Oxford on behalf of The American Legion at the Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

In Prince George’s County, Md., American Legion members will hold the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial, thanks to this summer’s U.S. Supreme Court victory. Justices ruled for The American Legion that the 40-foot, cross-shaped memorial did not violate the First Amendment. The victory will bring “a sense of relief. It will be a sense of relief for veterans here in Maryland and all over the United States,” said Phillip Holdcraft of Post 131 in Colmar Manor, Md., who will preside over the ceremony.

American Legion Post 179 in Walker, Mich., will hold its fourth annual Veterans Day Student Education Program for local fourth and fifth graders. The educational event provides students an opportunity to learn about military history through re-enactors, who are members of the Legion Family. This year, students will meet and learn about Rosie the Riveter, Sgt. Reckless (a decorated war horse) and Moina Michael (Poppy Lady). And the Michigan Vietnam Memorial Wall will be displayed at the post for students to visit and learn about the war.

At Weehawken American Legion Post 18 in New Jersey, post members are conducting their own brand of “Buddy Checks.” The Legionnaires, many of them post-9/11 veterans, will be visiting older members of the post – many of who haven’t attended recent post events – to check on their well-being and remind them that The American Legion still is there for them.

At the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio, The American Legion’s impact on generations of veterans will be on full display during the museum’s Veterans Day events. “The Greatest Legislation: An American Salute to the GI Bill” is this month’s special exhibit and will be on display until Dec. 1. The exhibit is free with general admission.

And Nov. 8-10 in Pall Mall, Tenn., Alvin C. York State Historic Park is offering visitors a chance to see World War I soldiers, weapon demonstrations and other programs that show the reality of combat during World War I. Click here for more information. York was a charter member of The American Legion, attending an organizational meeting in Paris in 1919, and helping found Mark Twain Post 137 in Jamestown, Tenn.

The following are just a few events American Legion posts will be involved with starting this weekend in honor of Veterans Day.


• Vail Post 109 will host a Veterans Day service that will include a guest speaker and the honor guard from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Meanwhile, American Legion Riders from Chapter 109 will be heading north and south on Veterans Day. One group will head to Post MX15 in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, for the post’s event, while another group from ALR Chapter 109 is riding in the riding in the Tucson Veterans Day Parade hosted by Post 7 in Tucson. The parade, now in its 100th year, is the longest running American Legion-ran parade in the nation. American Legion National Judge Advocate Kevin Bartlett will attend the parade on behalf of the national organization.

• American Legion Post 102 and AMVETS 770 are presenting a Veterans Day Ceremony at Tucson Estates multipurpose room featuring several guest speakers, including Pima Co. Sheriff Mark Napier. Thank-you notes will be distributed to all attendees and delivered to the VA hospital that day. There will be a concert afterward.


Multiple American Legion posts will be a part of the Texarkana Veterans Day Parade, which will have the theme "American Legion – 100 years.” Legion posts in Arkansas and Texas will have grand marshals in the parade, while various American Legion districts also will be represented. The parade will feature five school bands, motorcyclists and car clubs, and various contests.


• Albert J. Hickman American Legion Post 460 in San Diego annually participates in the San Diego Veterans Day Parade. Approximately 50,000 spectators attend the parade, clapping, cheering and saluting along the parade route. Click here for video of Post 460’s participation in the 2018 parade.

• In Simi Valley, the Parks and Rec District is the annual host for the Veterans Day Commemoration at the Veterans Plaza within the Rancho Tapo Community Park. The ceremony begins promptly at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. American Legion Simi Valley Post 484 Chaplain Stephen Sampson will provide the invocation. Various speakers will take part in the ceremony, including Simi Valley Mayor Keith Mashburn. Lunch is served after the ceremony.

• American Legion Post 28 member Steve Kemmerle is serving as coordinator of the Petaluma Veterans Day Parade, which will include a flyover by a restored Huey helicopter. The 2018 parade had over 200 entries with over 2,000 participants and 35,000 spectators. The parade is the largest Veterans Day parade north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

• In Los Angeles, Eugene Obregon Post 804’s Legion Family will join Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis at the Nov. 10 Veterans Day event at Atlantic Avenue Park.

• In Hanford, American Legion Post 3 is coordinating a Veterans Day tank ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in the corner of the Hanford Cemetery.


In Benton, American Legion Post 280 and Auxiliary Unit 280, along with VFW Post 2671, will display flags at the entrance of the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, where they will conduct a Veterans Day ceremony. The trio also will conduct a ceremony at the Old Civil War Cemetery behind the post. Food will be served at the post following the ceremonies.


In Denver, American Legion Post 653 will have a program at Denver High School that will include a speakers, Boys and Girls State attendees, patriotic music and a 21-gun salute.


In Bridgton, recently revitalized American Legion Post 67 is recreating its 1919 Grand Ball that the post’s founders put on for the town and its veterans. The event will take place Nov. 9 and will feature American Legion Past National Commander Tony Jordan as the guest speaker. Post 67 also will have a rededication ceremony during the ball.


American Legion Post 227 will have a full day of Veterans Day events that include a service at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, an open house and American Legion 100th anniversary reflection.


Sons of The American Legion Squadron 71 in Gladstone is providing a meal for veterans residing in area assisted living facilities. The veterans will be honored with a salute as they enter Post 71, while a short Veterans Day program will follow dinner.

New York

In Geneseo, a dedication ceremony for the Livingston County Veteran Monument will take place on Nov. 11. Members of The American Legion, Sons of The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary of Livingston County joined forces with other veteran organizations, local veterans and their families in the creation of the monument, which is an American flag-shaped monument made with red metal poppies.


• In Shaler Township, color guards from American Legion Post 785 and VFW Post 9199 will conduct a service at the Veterans' Memorial in Shaw Place. The event will consist of readings from various Legion and Auxiliary members and will conclude with a color guard rifle salute.

• In Reading, the Reading Fightin Phils – the Double A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies – will hosts its sixth annual Veterans Day ceremony at FirstEnergy Stadium. Local community leaders will join Fightin Phils front office members at the ceremony, during which American Legion Gregg Post 12 in Reading will lay a wreath in front of the ballpark’s dog tag monument near the entrance to FirstEnergy Stadium. The monument pays tribute to all members of the United States military who sacrificed to protect the United States.

• Northumberland American Legion Post 44 will conduct its annual Veterans Day service on Nov. 10 at Riverview Cemetery.


Johnson County Post 61 is teaming up with VFW Post 6908 and the Johnson County Honor Guard to present a Veterans Day program at Heritage Hall in Mountain City. The theme is The American Legion’s 100th birthday celebration. State legislators introduced a resolution to recognize the Legion’s centennial and contributions to Tennessee; State Sen. Jon Lundberg and State Rep. Timothy Hill will attend the program and read the resolution. County and city mayors will also read proclamations recognizing Post 61 and its contributions to its community. The Johnson County Community Children’s Chorus will present special music and there will be a special guest. A local artist will present a painting highlighting Post 61, to be donated by the Johnson County Community Arts Center. Past Department Commander Bob Hensley will serve as MC and speaker and will highlight The American Legion’s history. The program will be presented live on local radio, and Post 61 will host an open house after the program.


• American Legion Post 294 in Missouri City will take part in the groundbreaking of the Missouri City Veterans Memorial project. Post 294’s color guard will participate in the event, while various Legion leaders will deliver remarks. The memorial will feature a large five-point star representing the five branches of the U.S. military, with columns, a pond and eternal flame.

• “Centennial Celebration” is the theme of the Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade. The parade will honor the 100th anniversary of The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, and members from both organizations will serve as co-parade marshals for this year’s march down Main Street.


The American Legion will be represented during the Auburn Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 9. Representatives from the Department of Washington American Legion, the American Legion Riders, two Legion districts and 13 American Legion posts will participate in the parade. The day’s events also will include a remembrance ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park and a luncheon at Merrill Gardens in Auburn.

West Virginia

"A Foundation for the Future" is the theme for The American Legion Veterans Parade in Beckley. American Legion Post 32 in Beckley is hosting the parade and using National Commander Oxford’s theme of “A Foundation for the Future" in hopes of recruiting more individuals into the organization.

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Local American Legion supports Imperial County Emergency Operation Center exercise

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The Imperial County (Calif.) Emergency Operations Center exercise "Hurricane Lupe" took place on Oct. 30.

Boyce Aten American Legion Post 25 El Centro, Calif., members Bob Candland, J. Rollins and Dick Verbrugh supported the exercise in planning and emergency radio operations.

The American Legion post is seeking local veterans interested in starting up The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) in the Imperial Valley. Although currently licensed veteran operators are wanted, any veteran interested in becoming a radio operator, or "ham," and joining up are also wanted.

For those interested, Bob Candland may be reached at (760) 427-2462. For more about TALARC, please go to

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Did you know?

A veteran’s family must request a United States flag.

A flag is provided at no cost to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran. Generally, the flag is given to the next of kin. Only one flag may be provided per veteran. Upon the request of the family, an “Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes” (VA Form 21-2008) must be submitted along with a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers. Flags may be obtained from VA regional offices and most U.S. Post Offices.