Veterans Day list of events, freebies and deals

On Saturday, the Lufkin High School Panther Band hosted their annual Veteran’s Day event and...
On Saturday, the Lufkin High School Panther Band hosted their annual Veteran’s Day event and played patriotic music.
Updated: Nov. 11, 2020 at 7:58 AM CST
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EAST TEXAS (KLTV/KTRE) - Many organizations hold special events to honor our country’s veterans, and businesses offer special deals as a way to thank those in uniform, past or present.

Here’s a list of events and deals to share with people you know who may benefit from this information.

Deals and Freebies: (may vary across chains, so make sure to call your local location to ask whether they are participating.)

Aspen Creek Grill will serve complimentary meals from a special menu to veteran and active-duty military from 11 a.m. to close on Wednesday, Nov. 11 in recognition of Veterans Day. The Aspen Creek Grill Veterans Day special menu includes:

• Asiago Chicken Pasta • Juicy Double Burger • Crispy Fried Catfish • Mile High Meatloaf Dinner • Aspen Classic Salad (with chicken) • Hawaiian Chicken Veterans and active-duty military wishing to dine-in or curbside/carryout a complimentary meal at Aspen Creek Gill locations may do so from 11 a.m. to close on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at any of our eight restaurant locations. Military members must show proof of service - military ID cards, Veterans Affairs cards or discharge papers. Regular menu prices apply for all other guests. Guests may check out the website for location information and details.

Dairy Queen® restaurants in Texas will honor the heroes of our community and country on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2020. The heroes, including veterans, active duty and retired members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves will be honored with a free medium Blizzard® Treat.

All Veterans must be in uniform or show valid proof of service (Military ID, Veterans designation on driver’s license, or DD214 paperwork).

Veterans will be able to choose from the Royal Rocky Road Trip Blizzard® Treat and the Royal New York Cheesecake Blizzard® Treat, as well as the Texas Dairy Queen® Signature Creations and Candy Classics. Veterans also may also choose from limited time tasty seasonal flavors:

· Choco-dipped Strawberry Blizzard® Treat

· Brownie Dough Blizzard® Treat

· Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Blizzard® Treat

· OREO® Mocha Fudge Blizzard® Treat

The Dairy Queen® Blizzard® Treat Veterans Day promotion is available on November 11, 2020 only.

Dunkin' is once again celebrating Veterans Day by showing its appreciation and support for those who truly keep America running. In a sweet salute to the brave members of the armed forces, on Wednesday, November 11, veterans and active duty military are invited to participating Dunkin' restaurants nationwide for a free donut of their choice, no purchase necessary*. Also, at, anyone can send an e-gift card, available in special Veterans Day designs, to veterans that inspire them.

McDonald’s owner/operators across North Texas will honor veterans and active military with a free combo meal in honor of Veterans Day this Wednesday. Veterans and active military are invited to stop by their local McDonald’s with a valid ID for a free combo meal that can be redeemed during breakfast, lunch, or dinner on November 11.

7-Eleven: Veterans with a Veterans Advantage account can link their account to the convenience store chain’s 7Rewards loyalty program to get special offers like a free cup of coffee for Veterans Day. Learn more at

Applebee’s: Free meal from a special menu but offers can vary, so check with your local restaurant ahead of time.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: Free meal up to $14.95 and free Dr. Pepper beverage. Check with your local location to make sure they’re participating.

Buffalo Wild Wings: Free order of 10 boneless wings and fries; participation may vary. Check with your location.

Chili’s Grill & Bar: Free meal from a special menu. Participation may vary, so call ahead.

Cicis Pizza: Free adult buffet for veterans with military ID and a coupon posted at

Cracker Barrel: Free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake; participation may vary.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers: Free combo meal cards for veterans and active-duty military who visit a Freddy’s location Wednesday. The cards are good through Nov. 30.

Golden Corral: Through Nov. 30, Golden Corral is handing out free meal and beverage cards to all active duty and veterans. The cards can be used once through May 31 for lunch or dinner Monday through Thursday. Check with your location.

Little Caesars: Free lunch combo between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Logan’s Roadhouse: Free meal between 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday from the American Roadhouse menu.

Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores: Purchase one roller grill item and get a second free and a fountain drink or coffee of any size for free.

Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin' Onion and Coke product Wednesday. Also, the chain has a daily heroes discount offering 10% off entire checks to all servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters and first responders with a valid state or federal service ID. Participation may vary; call your local location.

Pilot Flying J: Free breakfast combo, which includes coffee, for veterans and military on the Pilot Flying J app through Nov. 15.

Red Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert.

Smashburger: Free Double Burger with any purchase.

Smoothie King: Free 20-ounce smoothie of choice.

Starbucks: Free tall hot brewed coffee for veterans, active service members and their spouses Wednesday.

Torchy’s Tacos: Free taco and non-alcoholic beverage from a special Veterans Day menu.

Wendy’s: Free small breakfast combo with valid military ID from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Hours can vary by location. Service members enrolled in the Veterans Advantage program can get a free breakfast sandwich with any breakfast purchase from Wednesday through Dec. 31. Check with your local restaurant for participation.



Each year, we traditionally hold a Community Veterans Day program. But this year, due to the pandemic and wishing to ensure veterans and community members' health and safety, there will be a brief vehicle procession around the historic Harrison County Courthouse Square. The procession will take place tomorrow, November 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. The procession will last about 10 minutes. Those who wish to participate should gather in their vehicles in the parking lot on the east side of the courthouse between 10:30 - 11 a.m. You are encouraged to decorate your vehicle with signs thanking veterans and with the U.S. Flag or flags of the various branches of the military. The East Texas Patriot Guard will lead the procession beginning at 11. Call Cristina at 903-938-8373 to confirm you will drive in the parade. Those who want to attend may park in the courthouse’s west parking lot. Tune in to KMHT radio 103.9 to listen to the livestream.

Ore City:

Ore City ISD recognizes the unique value in honoring our veterans each year on Veterans' Day. Veterans are annually treated to a luncheon with speeches, students' singing, poetry readings, band concerts, patriotic slide shows and of course, the recognition of each branch of our Nation’s military. As many activities have necessarily been cancelled due to safety protocols of COVID-19, so, unfortunately, was the District’s annual Veteran’s Day Luncheon. However, we could not let this special day for our Veterans go totally unrecognized. We have prepared a delightful video thanking our Veterans for their service. The Veterans Day video may be viewed on the OCISD Facebook page. CLICK HERE TO WATCH.

Tyler ISD:

Wednesday, November 11 at Tyler High School, 7:45 a.m. - The Tyler High School JROTC Unit will conduct a flag ceremony. During the ceremony, the Tyler High School drumline and a student trumpeter will play Taps and a teacher will sing the National Anthem. Additionally, Principal Claude Lane will make a few brief comments to remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. The flag ceremony will be in front of the main entrance to the building. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be cancelled.

Clarkston Elementary School - 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m - Veterans are invited to join us for a Coffee and Donut Drive-Through!

Bell Elementary School - 10 a.m. - Bell Elementary School will have a drive-up Veterans Day program in the school parking lot to honor family members of our Bell Bears who have served our country. Third graders will provide music and veterans will receive goodie bags.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In partnership with MGM National Harbor, The United States Air Force Band welcomes country music stars, Chris Janson and Kellie Pickler, for a free, online concert paying tribute to all American veterans. ESPN’s Malika Andrews will host “A Salute to Service: Honoring America’s Heroes.”

Wednesday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. EST Facebook: YouTube:

In Tyler:

Saturday, Oct. 14
Saturday, Oct. 14(PTSD event staff)

Texas Virtual Veterans Day:

Veterans Day is a day to reflect on the heroism of the brave men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces. While we cannot have celebrations in person this year, we will continue the tradition of honoring these heroes and the sacrifices they made for their country and our freedom with a virtual ceremony on Veterans Day.The community is invited to join us on Facebook LIVE on Wednesday, November 11th at 12:00 p.m. CST to observe a ceremony dedicated to those who devoted their lives to our nation’s freedom.

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