Veterans Day is today, Friday, November 11, it is always November 11 no matter what day it falls during the week. Veterans Day is a day set aside to remember and recognize veterans who have served or who are currently serving to protect our freedoms. 

American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) units will be hosting special events in their communities nationwide to honor veterans and Texarkana is no different. The annual Texarkana Veterans Days Parade will be on Saturday, November 12 starting at 11 AM at East Broad and Hazel St.

Veterans Day Parade - Canva
Veterans Day Parade - Canva

The lineup for the parade will begin at 9:30 AM. There is still time to be included in the parade for your civic group, school, club, or organization, call 877-824-4862 to get signed up.

The theme for the 2022 Veterans Parade is "Honoring Medal Of Honor and Purple Heart Recipients".

Airforce Thunderbirds
Airforce Thunderbirds

Veterans Days Restaurant Freebies and Discounted Deals:

Applebee's: Former and Active Duty military members can choose from a limited menu of free meal items on Veterans Day. Proof of service is required.

Chick-fil-a: Participating locations may have specials or discounts, you would have to check with the location.

Cici's Pizza Buffet: Free adult buffet on Veterans Day with your active duty or retired military ID.

Cracker Barrel: It's Military Appreciation Month all during November and Cracker Barrel offers in-store specials on Veterans Day for military vets along with promotions throughout the month supporting military families. The partnership is with Operation Homefront. Veterans can receive a free slice of double fudge Coca-Cola cake with their meal on Veterans Day.

Dunkin' Donuts: On Veterans Day, veterans and active-duty military will get a free donut at Dunkin’ Donuts stores nationwide, no purchase necessary.

El Chico Cafe: On Veterans Day, Veterans and active duty members get a free meal at any El Chico Cafe Nationwide. Limit $20.

Golden Corral: Military Appreciation Night - Active and former military members will get a free “thank you” meal from 5 PM – close.

Hooters: Veterans can receive 10 free boneless wings with the purchase of any 10 from a long list of wing styles on Veterans Day.

IHOP: Active duty and veterans can enjoy free red, white and blue Pancakes on Veterans Day, 7 AM - 7 PM.

Little Ceasar's Pizza: Veterans Day, from 11 AM - 2 PM, veterans and active duty military members can get a free lunch combo. That includes four slices of Little Caesars popular Detroit-style deep-dish pizza and a 20-ounce Pepsi product.

Olive Garden: Veterans and active-duty service members get a free entree from a special menu. All entrees include Olive Garden’s famous breadsticks and your choice of soup or salad.

On the Border: On Veterans Day, both retired and active-duty military will receive a free pick-two combo meal.

Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin' Onion and a beverage on Veterans Day for all military veterans, active service members can enjoy a free bloomin’ onion and Coca-Cola.

Pilot Flying J/U.S. Pilot: All active-duty and retired military veterans get a free breakfast including a coffee. This offer is available through their app.

Red Lobster: On Veterans Day, active-duty military and reservists, Red Lobster offers  a free Walt's Favorite Shrimp, Fries, and Coleslaw, featuring six hand-breaded, butterflied and lightly fried shrimp, served with cocktail sauce, as well as crispy French Fries and Coleslaw.

Starbucks: On Veterans Day, active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses can enjoy a free tall (12-ounce) hot or iced coffee.

TA Stopping Centers: All active-duty military, veterans and reservists, bring your proof of service and get a complimentary meal from a select menu that includes a beverage on Veterans Day. This is available at any participating Country Pride or Iron Skillet restaurant nationwide.

Taco 4 Life Texarkana: $10 off for any active military, veteran, or reservist today only.

Wendy's: Wendy’s nationwide offers a free small breakfast combo with valid military ID on Veterans Day. No purchase is necessary.

There's More:

If you live or are traveling outside of the immediate Texarkana area there is a much larger list available here. That site includes a list of things to do to make sure you can participate in these deals.

About Veterans Day:

Veterans Day originated in 1919 as Armistice Day marking the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I. November 11 is significant because fighting between the Allied nations and Germany ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month in 1918. President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the name to Veterans Day in 1919.

Please do not confuse it with Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all veterans – those who have served and are currently serving, along with those who have passed.

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