LIST: Veterans Day events, discounts throughout Minnesota

Veterans Day is Thursday this year.

Here is a list of events throughout the state to commemorate the day.


The official State of Minnesota Veterans Day Program will be held virtually again this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A 30-minute recorded program will be available on the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website starting at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

Bloomington: The renowned cadets of the West Point Glee Club—musical ambassadors of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY—will perform in the Rotunda at Mall of America from 5-6 p.m.

Chaska: At 8:40 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, an honor guard from Chaska VFW Post 1791 and American Legion Post 57 will raise the U.S. flag, followed by a 21-gun salute and taps at Chaska Middle School West.

Maple Grove: A Veterans Day Ceremony will take place Thursday starting at 9 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Maple Grove Central Park.

Minneapolis and Minnetonka: At its locations Thursday, Holger Dental Group is offering dental services to veterans, including free cleanings, fillings, extractions and dental implants.

North St. Paul: The North St. Paul Veterans Park committee, along with the local VFW and Legion posts will host a program Thursday at the park, starting at 11 a.m.

Richfield: The Honoring All Veterans Memorial will hold a ceremony to recognize all veterans, including those newly added to the memorial site. The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. and those attending will be required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Shakopee: A Veterans Day commemoration will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 at Shakopee American Legion Post 2.

Stillwater: The annual Veterans Day Ceremony in Stillwater will take place Thursday starting at 11:30 a.m. There will be guest speakers and music, event organizers stated.

St. Paul: Minnesotans can donate remembrance wreaths for the gravestones of more than 260,000 veterans at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Learn more here.

Willmar: The annual Veterans Day Observance will take place at the Willmar City Center. The three-day display will include military items from the Civil War through modern day and stories from veterans.


Thursday, veterans can have a free meal from a limited menu at Applebee’s locations.

Buffalo Wild Wings is offering free boneless wings and fries for all veterans and active-duty service members.

Veterans and active duty military members can choose a complimentary meal from a select Chili’s menu on Veterans Day.

Veterans and active military can have a free meal at participating Crooked Pint Ale House locations.

At Dunkin’ Donuts, veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free donut.

All military personnel can receive a free Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwich at Famous Dave’s BBQ on Veterans Day.

Active military members and veterans can partake in a free meal at Golden Corral on Thursday from 5 p.m.-close.

Metro-area Hy-Vee stores are offering a free breakfast for veterans and active-duty military members from 6-10 a.m. All veterans and service members will receive 15% off their grocery purchases.

IHOP is offering a Red, White and Blue pancake breakfast for veterans and active-duty military members.

Between Nov. 11 and Nov. 14, veterans and active military members can receive a free Tavern Double Burger from Red Robin.

Veterans and active duty military members can receive a free item from a select Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery menu.

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