Veterans Day is officially November 11, 2014, and there are several area freebies, discounts and events planned on and near that date to honor military service.
Scroll down for a list of local events.
(Note: Most deals require military ID or proof of military service, restrictions may apply and some locations might not participate. It is always best to call ahead.)
Freebies and Deals:
Applebee’s: Free meal for veterans and active-duty military service members from a special menu, from open to close, at participating locations Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Get the menu and more information, click here.
Chick-fil-A: Free entrée, side and beverage for all veterans and current service members at participating locations. For more info, click here. For locations, click here.
Chili’s: Free meal from menu of 7 choices for military veterans and service members during the dinner hour or free lunch combo during lunch at participating locations. For more info, click here. For locations, click here.
Denny’s: Free Build Your Own Grand Slam for active, inactive and retired military personnel from 5 a.m. to noon Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at participating locations. The recommend you call ahead. For more info, click here.
Einstein Brothers Bagels: Free coffee for all veteran and active-duty military service members at participating locations Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
Golden Corral: Military Appreciation Dinner free for any person who has ever served in the U.S. military from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, November 17, 2014. For more information, click here.
Hooters: free meal, up to $10.99 in value, with any drink purchase for all veterans and current service members at any location in the U.S. on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. For locations, click here.
Hy-Vee Veterans Day Breakfast: Many Hy-Vee stores offer free breakfast buffet to veterans and active-duty military members on Veterans Day November 11. Get details and more information – click here.
Olive Garden: Free entrée for veterans and active duty military at participating locations Tuesday, November 11, 2014. To find locations, click here.
Perkin’s Restaurant & Bakery: Free Magnificent Seven meal (beverage not included) for current service members and veterans at participating locations Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Call ahead to verify participation. For locations, click here.
Red Lobster: Free appetizer with military ID or proof of service Monday, November 10 through Thursday, November 13 at participating locations. Click here to find a location near you.
Red Robin: Free Red’s Tavern Double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries for all veterans and active-duty service members Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at participating locations. For more info, click here.
Starbucks: Free tall brewed coffee for active duty and veteran military members and their spouses at participating stores Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Call ahead to confirm participation.
Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch from list of 10 entrees for active, retired and former U.S. military service members with proof of military service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at participating locations, including the Davenport location, 4005 E. 53rd Street. For menu and more info, click here.
TGIFridays: Free lunch for veterans and active-duty military from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014. For more info, click here.
Village Inn: Free breakfast any time of day, plus a “thank you for your service” card valid for 20% off the total bill on the next visit for veterans at participating Tuesday, November 11, 2014. For locations, click here.
Bettendorf: Veterans Day Ceremony Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the band shell/pavilion at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 1645 23rd Street in Bettendorf. Speakers will include Col. David Banian, Chief of Staff of the Join Munitions Command; Mayor Bob Gallagher; and commanders of the VFW, American Legion and Vietnam Veterans of America. Light refreshments will follow the ceremony.
Blue Grass: Veterans Day Run/Walk, Saturday, November 8, 2014. Starts at American Legion Post 711. 5K starts at 8 a.mm., Kids Run at 9:30 a.m., family Run/Walk at 10 and Battle Buddy Run at 11. Click here for sign-up form –> Blue Grass Veterans Day Run form
Burlington: Veterans Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Memorial Auditorium on Washington Street in Burlington. Post 10102 and Ladies Auxiliary to conduct the ceremony. Missing man table ceremony to follow at nearby Post 10102 followed by a luncheon which is free of charge to veterans and $5 for visitors.
Clinton: Veterans Convention Regional Meeting , starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, November 8, 2014 8 Nov 2014, 9:00 am, in the Oakwood Grand Ballroom at Wild Rose Casino & Resort, 777 Wild Rose Drive. Invited speakers are LTG Michael Tucker, Commanding General, First United States Army; John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America; John Margowski, Director of Region 6. Dance at 7:30 pm featuring “Illusions of Elvis” by Junior Talley. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner options available on-site.
Davenport: Veterans Day Parade at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Route starts at 4th and Western streets; travels south to 3rd Street, east to Main Street, south to 2nd Street and west to the Scott County Courthouse. Parade will include veteran’s groups, antique cars, military vehicles, ROTC, patriotic tractors and more. Get more info, click here.
Davenport: Jane’s Place Social Club Veterans Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 1035 West Kimberly Road.
Dixon, Illinois: Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 668 Veterans Parkway in Dixon.
East Moline: Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 11 at 829 16th Avenue in East Moline.
Galva: Galva Veterans Day Service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 11 at Galva Veterans Park, Route 17 and Route 34 in the middle of downtown Galva.
Maquoketa: VFW Post 3633 Veterans Day Program at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Maquoketa Middle School, 200 E. Locust Street. Flag presentation, music and speakers. Veterans invited to school cafeteria for coffee and donuts after the ceremony.
Milan: American Legion Veterans Day Commemoration, 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at the American Legion, 515 West First Avenue.
Moline: American Legion Post 246 Veterans Day Celebration at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at the post, 1721 7th Street in Moline.
Orion: Veterans Day observance event at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Orion Central Park, 1018 4th Street.
Rock Island Arsenal: Veterans Day Ceremony, including wreath placement, honor salute, echo salute and taps at main flagpole at Rock Island National Cemetery Tuesday, November 11, 2014 starting at 1 p.m. Keynote speaker Lt. Gen. Michael Tucker, Commanding General, First Army.
Silvis: Hero Street Monument ceremony 10 a.m. Saturday, November 8, 2014. Veterans Day Ceremony at Hero Street Memorial Park at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 11.