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Veterans Day events and discounts around Minnesota

Veterans Day events and discounts around Minnesota Photo: MGN Online/Public Domain Pictures

Updated: November 11, 2019 07:00 AM

Monday is Veterans Day. Here are all of the events and discounts you need to know about.

EVENTS:

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  • The Minnesota Veterans Home - Silver Bay will host a Veterans Day program on Monday, Nov. 11, starting at 11 a.m. The program will feature speakers, music, and a live performance of Taps.MVH - Silver Bay 56 Outer Drive Silver Bay, MN 55614
  • A group of veterans will be walking 11 miles in honor of the Armistice signed 101 years ago, completing their walk at the State Capitol. The program will begin around 10:45 a.m., and the replica Liberty Bell, on the grounds of the state Capitol, will be rung at 11 a.m.
  • The Minnesota Veterans Home - Luverne will host a Veterans Day program on Monday, Nov. 11 starting at 10 a.m. Organized by Luverne ALA unit 123 and VFW post 2757, this year's program will be a day of giving thanks to all the men and women who have ever worn the military uniform or are currently serving the United States of America. MVH - Luverne 1300 N. Kniss Avenue Luverne, MN 56156
  • The State of Minnesota Veterans Day Event will take place Nov. 11 at the Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights. Free breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., followed by the official program beginning at 10 a.m. Veterans Memorial Community Center 8055 Barbara Avenue Inver Grove Heights.
  • Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Lake will be having a Veterans Day Salute on Sunday, Nov. 10 beginning at 2:30 p.m. The program will be hosted by the Lake Minnetonka Daughters of the American Revolution, and include speakers and music. Trinity Lutheran Church 2060 County Road 6 Long Lake, MN
  • The Minnesota Veterans Home - Fergus Falls will host a Veterans Day program on Monday, Nov. 11, starting at 2 p.m. The program will feature Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Herke, and guest speaker Jean Walker, past Department of the American Legion Auxiliary President. Additionally, there will be a special video tribute for all Veterans, and patriotic music provided by the Veterans Home Choir. American Legion Post #30 and the VFW Post 612 will also be on hand to celebrate . MVH - Fergus Falls1821 North Park Street Fergus Falls, MN 56537
  • The Glenville American Legion will host a Veterans Day Dinner on Monday, Nov. 11. The dinner will include a sit down meal with speakers in honor of Veterans. Glennville American Legion 331 West Main Street Glenville, MN 56036
  • Operation Brew Good - Stay in the Fight will be filling care packaged for deployed Minnesota Marines at Utepils Brewing in Minneapolis on Nov. 11 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Utepils Brewing 225 Thomas Avenue North #700 Minneapolis, MN 55405
  • Armistice Day Commemoration at Brit's Pub - There will be an Armistice Day Commemoration at Brit's Pub on Nov. 11. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event will begin at 7. This year's theme is 'Partners in Peace.' This event includes local and international speakers. Brit's Pub 1110 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • MACV Legal Clinic - Minneapolis On Nov. 12, 2019 The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans is hosting a free legal clinic for Veterans Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.
  • Veterans Day Presentation at the State Capitol - Chapter 15 of the 173rd Airborne Brigade and others will be having a program at the Vietnam Memorial at the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul. The program will begin at 11 a.m. and include a presentation of colors, band performance, and speakers.
  • Veterans Day Walk St. Paul - Post 8, American Legion, invites all Veterans and their friends and family to join them for a Veterans Day walk. They will depart at 1 p.m. from under the Veterans Service Building, 20 West 12th Street. This is at the south end of the "Mall" at the Minnesota State Capitol. The walk will be on the sidewalks of downtown St. Paul, and will go down St Peter Street to Kellogg Boulevard and then back up Wabasha Street to return to the Veterans Service Building. Walkers are encouraged to bring a flag of any size to carry while walking. Call friends and invite them to walk with you!  In honor of all Veterans – living and dead.
  • St. Cloud VA Veterans Day Ceremony - There will be an indoor, accessible ceremony recognizing local Veterans, including those hospitalized at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center in the Building 8 auditorium. This event is put on by the St. Cloud Metropolitan Veterans Council Nov. 11, 2019, at 1:30 p.m.Bldg. 8 (Auditorium)  St. Cloud VA Medical Center 4801 Veterans Drive St. Cloud, MN 56303


FREEBIES AND DISCOUNTS:

  • Golden Corral Veterans Day Free Meal - On Monday, November 11, 2019, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Golden Corral offers a free meal, and a drink to all veterans and active military. No military identification needed. 
  • Red Lobster Veterans Day Free Appetizer or Dessert - Red Lobster will give a free appetizer or dessert to any active and reserve military, and to all military veterans. Proof of military service is required.
  • Chili's Veterans Day Free Meal - Chili's locations are offering a free meal to veterans and active duty military. Proof of military service required
  • Olive Garden Veterans Day Free Meal - Olive Garden will give a free meal to veterans and active duty military. Proof of military service required 
  • Applebee's Veterans Day Free Meal - All active military members and veterans will receive a free meal from a special menu at participating locations. Proof of military service required. Check with your local Applebees to find out if they are participating.
  • Outback Steakhouse Free Bloomin' Onion & Beverage - Outback Steakhouse is giving a 20% discount of the total meal for veterans, active military, first responders and their families from November 8 to November 11, 2019.  Proof of military service required.
  • Texas Roadhouse Veterans Day Free Lunch - Texas Roadhouse is offering free lunch for veterans and active military from 11:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. on Veterans Day. Check with your local Texas Roadhouse to see if they require military identification.
  • Red Robin Veterans Day Free Meal - Veterans and active military will receive a free Red's Tavern Double burger and Bottomless Steak Fries at participating Red Robin restaurants. Proof of military service required.
  • Free Veterans Day Pancakes at IHOP  - Veterans and active duty mlitary will get a free red, white, and blueberry pancake combo meal at participating locations. Proof of military service required.
  • Dunkin' Donuts Veterans Day Free Donut  - Dunkin' Donuts will give veterans and active duty military for a free donut of their choice at participating locations.   
  • Cracker Barrel Veterans Day Free Dessert  - Cracker Barrel is giving veterans and active duty military a Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert or Pumpkin Pie Latte.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Veterans Day Free Wings and Fries - Buffalo Wild Wings offers veterans and active duty military get a free order of small boneless or traditional wings and a side of fries. This offer is valid at participating Buffalo Wild Wings locations and is for dine-in only.  Proof of military service is required.
  • TCBY Veterans Day Free Frozen Yogurt  - TCBY will give veterans and active duty military their first 6 oz of frozen yogurt free at participating TCBY locations.
  • Veterans Day Free Lunch or Dinner at Green Mill - Veterans and active duty military get a free meal at Green Mill. Proof of military service is required.
  • Nekter's Free Veterans Day Smoothies and Juices - Veterans and active duty military can get a free 16oz smoothie or juice at participating locations. Proof of military service is required.
  • Bruegger's Bagels: Free bagel and cream cheese Monday, no purchase necessary.
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.: 20% off food and retail purchases Monday.
  • Chili's Grill & Bar: Free meal from a special menu on Monday.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill: Buy-one-get-one free Monday, in-restaurant only.
  • Davanni's Pizza & Hot Hoagies: Free solo "one-item pizza and regular pop" Monday for dine-in or take-out.
  • Fogo de Chão: 50% off meal Veterans' Day weekend Friday through Monday and 10% off for up to three guests' meals.
  • Hy-Vee: Free breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m. Monday.
  • Houlihan's Restaurant + Bar: Free meal from special menu Monday.
  • Jet's Pizza: 50% off any menu-priced pizza with military ID. Pickup only, not for online orders.
  • Little Caesars: Free Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday.
  • McCormick & Schmick's: Free lunch or dinner from a special menu on Sunday for vets and Gold Star Honorees, including parents and spouse.
  • Noodles & Company: Ongoing 15% discount for veterans daily.
  • Smashburger: Free Double Burger on Monday with any purchase.

 Listed events and discounts courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, USA TODAY, and TheSpruce.com.

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