Veterans Day 2014: Honoring Our Heroes

11 Nov 2014, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Community Functions, Events, Food & Drink, Life, News, Restaurants

Veterans Day

Special Events For Our Special Veterans

Today, we honor those men and women who make the daily sacrifices and put their own lives on hold so that we may live as free. Without these heroes, our lives as we know them, I’m certain would be quite different. Please take a moment to thank them, remember them and pray for those that will never return, those that have lost and for those that are actively serving for us.

Veterans Day flag ceremony takes place this morning at 9 a.m.

Sarasota will be hosting the annual Veterans Day parade, which will make its way through downtown starting at 10 a.m. beginning at Main Street and Osprey Avenue honoring military personnel. At the conclusion of the parade, a ceremony will be held at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park at Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue at approximately 11 a.m.

Manatee County is hosting its own Veterans Day observance, which includes a parade, guest speakers and more …

Free entrance to Florida state parks on Veterans Day

Writing workshop helps Vets get their experiences down on paper

Check out the full list of events on Tuesday, Nov. 11 here



Local Deals and Discounts* For Veterans And Active Military Member

As a small token of thanks, many local business are offering our Veterans and Active Military Members discounts and freebies in recognition of their service. We hope each and every one of you enjoys something extra special today, and at least receives a “thank you” every single day! Please call the location you’re planning to visit to make sure they are participating in the free offer — we don’t want you to be disappointed! Our apologies iff we’ve missed anyone in the list.

Great Clips: Veterans who visit the shops get a free haircut, or a redemption card for a free cut to be used by Dec. 31.

Applebee’s: The restaurant chain offers a special free menu for vets and active military members.

Chili’s: The restaurant chain offers a special free menu for vets and active military members.

Boston Market: Free dessert, with the purchase of an individual meal, at Boston Market on Nov. 11 with this coupon.

California Pizza Kitchen: The restaurant chain offers a special free menu for vets and active military members.

Hooters: With any drink purchase, vets can get a free meal worth $10.99 on Veterans Day.

Starbucks: Tall brewed coffees are free to veterans and active-duty service members and their spouses on Veterans Day.

IHOP: Red, White and Blue pancakes are free to vets and active military members from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Einstein Bros Bagels: FREE coffee to all military personnel on Veterans Day.

Bob Evans: The restaurant chain offers all-you-can-eat hotcakes for veterans and active military on Veterans Day.

TGI Fridays: Offering veterans and active duty military a free lunch on Veterans Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dine-in only. Valid military ID required. The offer is for select items at select restaurants.

Golden Corral: The restaurant chain observes Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 17, with free dinner buffets from 5-9 p.m.

Bonanza Steakhouse: The steakhouse chain also moves its Veterans Day observance to Monday, Nov. 17, with free buffets for veterans and active military members.

Red Lobster: The appetizers are free to veterans and active-duty military members Monday, Nov. 10, through Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Krispy Kreme: Those who are able to identify themselves as veterans or active duty military get a free doughnut and small coffee on Veterans Day.

Chuck E. Cheese: U.S. military vets and active-duty military get 20 free tokens through Saturday, Nov. 15.

Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage to all active and retired military personnel on Veterans Day.

Baskin Robbins: First Class Camouflage Ice Cream – a concoction of chocolate, salty caramel and cake-flavored ice creams – is the flavor of the month in honor of Veterans Day. In addition, the chain will donate 10 cents from ice cream scoops sold at all U.S. locations on Veterans Day to the United Service Organizations (USO).

Friendly’s: Free breakfast, lunch or dinner to veterans and active military on Veterans Day.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store: On Tuesday, veterans get a free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert. The restaurant will offer 10 percent of proceeds on the sales of the dessert to non-veterans.

Denny’s: Active, inactive and retired military personnel can build their own free Grand Slam breakfast from 5 a.m. until noon Tuesday at participating restaurants.

Carrabba’s: All active and retired veterans receive a free appetizer at participating locations now through Nov. 11.

Ikea: Many Ikea locations are offering a free meal to veterans Nov. 9 – 11, 2014. Search for your local Ikea store, go to the store home page and select the “special offers” tab for details.

Krystal: Active and retired armed forces members get a sausage biscuit to any active or retired service member with military ID on Tuesday.

Lone Star Steakhouse: A free entrée on Veterans Day to active duty and reserves.

Longhorn Steakhouse: Service members receive a complimentary Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcohol beverage on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Includes veterans and current service members.

Menchie’s: On Veterans Day, all vets and military personnel with a military ID or dressed in uniform will receive a free six ounce frozen yogurt any time of day.

Olive Garden: All veterans and military active duty will receive a free meal from a special menu on Veterans Day.

PDQ: Free tenders or sandwich for all veterans or active duty military with identification or in uniform.

Ruby Tuesday: Offering veterans, active duty and reserve service members with a proof of service a free appetizer on Nov. 11.

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