Things to Do and Deals for Veterans Day

Tomorrow is the day we thank and honor our veterans and those who serve in our military.

As a a small token of thanks, NBC has compiled a list of some events and deals in Southern California.


The Ronald Reagan Library hosts its annual Veterans Day Event with live music, a Civil War encampment, a military vehicle display and a program honoring all branches of the military.

Cost: Veterans are free; ages 18-61 pay $16, ages 62 and older pay $13; ages 11-17 pay $9; ages 3-10 pay $6

Rep.Ted Lieu holds a Veterans Town Hall  from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to hear veterans’ stories. Click this link to attend.

Located at Wadsworth Theatre on the West Los Angeles VA campus, 11301 Wilshire Blvd.


The VA West Los Angeles Medical Center along with LA National Cemetery are partnering with LA County to provide vets with a resource fair, entertainment, car show and BBQ lunch across West LA.

Forest Lawn Cemetery will hold a ceremony from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. featuring music, military displays, free souvenirs, and the Golden Stars Skydiving Team. There is a Veteran’s day ceremony Sunday at Forest Lawn in Cathedral City from 2 to 3 p.m. as well. 

Veterans Day Ceremony in Pasadena

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, Pasadena holds a free Veterans Day ceremony that will include a special military fly-over.

Location: City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.

Skid Row Luncheon for Homeless Veterans

Meals will be served and prizes will be given to veterans on Friday, November 10.

Volunteers are handing out 150 bags filled with essential items.

Location: James M. Wood Community Center in downtown's Skid Row at 400 E 5th St.

Veterans Parade in San Fernando Valley

Starting at 11 a.m., The San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade Committee honors those serving, past and present, with a parade. The parade will begin at the corner of Laurel Canyon Blvd. and San Fernando Mission Blvd., fo down Laurel Canyon the Ritchie Valens Recreation Center and Park, 10736 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Pacoima. A carnival will take place following the parade.

And some sweet deals/freebies:

BJ Restaurants: The restaurant will offer free meals on menu items $12.95 or less on Friday and Saturday.

Porto's Bakery: Veterans will receive a free box of pastries Friday and Saturday when they present their military IDs.

Boston Market: Buy one meal and drink, get another meal free with a coupon. It is not necessary to show an ID, but customers must present a coupon (click link to print). 

Denny's: On Friday, between 5 a.m. to 12 noon, service members will receive the "Build your own Grand Slam" dish free.

IHOP: Military members will receive the patriotic Red, White & Blue Pancake combo from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.

Applebees Neighborhood Grill: Service members will receive a special menu dish on Saturday.

Buffalo Wild Wings: Veterans will receive an order of traditional wings with fries.

California Pizza Kitchen: Enjoy a free Veterans Day entree item. Check the website for details on the dishes.

Bonefish Grill: Members of the military will receive the "Bang Bang Shrimp" dish on Saturday.

Olive Garden: Service members will receive a free meal from the special menu.

Chuck E. Cheese: You will receive a pizza with one topping. Military personnel must show their military ID and mention the 5500 promo code.

Panera Bread: Some locations are offering a breakfast sandwich on Saturday. 

Hooters: Service members will receive a free meal from the special menu.

Great Clips: Members will receive a free haircut Nov. 11, or they can pick up a card that they can use once until Dec. 31.

Red Robin: Veterans will receive a free "Red's Tavern Double Burger" with fries.

Ruby Tuesday: Veterans will receive a free appetizer.

TGI Fridays: Service members will receive a free meal up to $12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, in addition to receiving a $5 coupon for the next visit.

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