Across the nation, Americans are honoring Veterans with events, free meals, wreath-laying and parades.
This morning, U.S. President Barack Obama joined millions of Americans in observing the annual Veterans Day holiday by hosting a breakfast with his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, at the White House for military veterans and their families. Later, he participated in the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
In his Veterans Day proclamation, Obama said U.S. veterans “represent the American character at its best.” He said the country’s obligations to those who have served “endure long after the battle ends.”
Veteran’s day was originally called Armistice Day, the day fighting ended on Nov. 11, 1918 between allied forces of World War I and Germany. Since President Dwight D. Eisenhower made it a national holiday in 1938, it has been designated as a day to honor military members who have served in times of both war and peace.
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
“Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.”
The D.C. area is honoring Veterans today with commemorative events including wreath-laying ceremonies, concerts and more.
World War II Memorial will have a wreath laying-ceremony at the World War II Memorial beginning at 9 a.m.
Air Force Memorial will have a two-minute moment of silence and wreath-laying ceremony beginning at 11 a.m.
Navy Memorial will hold a wreath-laying ceremony at the Lone Sailor statue at noon.
Vietnam Women’s Memorial celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Singer Jan Daley, who also entertained troops in Vietnam, will perform at 12:30 p.m.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial will hold a wreath-laying ceremony, that will include several speakers and a color guard will honor Vietnam War veterans at 1 p.m.
Arlington National Cemetery ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and includes a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Many restaurants will be giving Veterans free or discounted food today. Nearly all require proof of military service.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill will give a free Appetizer for Military and Veterans today.
Free Entree at Ikea for Veterans.
Spaghetti Warehouse will be giving Veterans a buy 1 get 1 offer.
Applebee’s will be offering a free entree today. Guests will need to provide proof of service, which includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214, Citation or Commendation.
Military members will be offered a free lunch at TGI Friday’s on 11/11/2013.
Olive Garden is giving a free entree to those who served, and so is Chili’s.
A free tall coffee from Starbucks will be given to Veteran’s, military and their spouses as well.
Head over to Krispy Kreme for a free doughnut and coffee for veterans.
California Pizza Kitchen is giving away free pizza to those who come in uniform or show their military ID or other proof of service. Offer valid at participating CPK restaurants.
Denny’s will be offering free pancakes today, November 11, 2013.
Outback Steakhouse is giving back to those who served or are serving by giving a free bloomin’ onion and beverage to those who show one of the following forms of ID (a) U.S. Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card, (b) U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification and Privilege Card, (c) Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), (d) Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW), (e) DD214 Certificate, (f) Veteran Identification Card (VIC) or (g) Photograph in U.S. Uniform or wearing U.S. Uniform.
If you show proof of Military, you’ll receive a free dinner at Golden Coral on Veteran’s day.
Bob Evans is giving free hotcakes to Veterans and Military today.
Texas Roadhouse will be giving a free lunch to those who are a Veteran or Active Military Personnel, bring your military ID, Veterans Affairs Card, or discharge papers and select a Free entree and soft drink/tea from their special Veterans lunch menu.
Famous Dave’s will also be giving a free meal to those who show a valid military ID.
Hy-vee is offering free breakfast for Veteran’s and military during Veteran’s day.
Whether you are headed to a free lunch at one of the restaurants above or not, just remember to take a moment and honor those who have and are serving this great nation of ours.
Veterans Day Tribute
Veterans Day 2013 tribute to those who served for our nation.
Veterans Day Tribute 2013
A 15-minute video tribute I produced for a local Veterans Day program. This was originally a multi-part presentation but here it is in its entirety. Thank you to all of our veterans, past and present.
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