ATTENTION VETERANS: Free meals and deals for Veterans Day 2016

Friday, November 11, is a “public holiday held on the anniversary of the end of World War I (November 11) to honor US veterans and victims of all wars.”

Across the nation, an enormous collection of businesses and organizations offer special values, including free offers, to America’s veterans.

honoring-veteransWorld War II veterans await the start of Veterans Day ceremonies at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., in November, 2015. – Stars and Stripes

“There are many ways to honor former servicemembers on Veterans Day – parades, salutes, all-you-can eat pancakes or a free hot cup of (G.I.) joe.

To mark Veterans Day on Nov. 11, restaurants around the country are offering free or discounted food. Some offers are strictly for vets; others include active-duty and retired troops. Offers may not be available at locations overseas. Call ahead to make sure your local places are participating — and ask what you need to bring to identify yourself. Many will ask for a DD-214 or other proof of service – or you can come in uniform!” – Stars and Stripes

ATTENTION, VETERANS: This year so many more retail establishments and other venues and attractions which have stepped up with free offers to say, “Thank you for your service” on Veterans Day.

MilitaryTimes.com reminds, though: “But before you dive in, a few reminders:  (1) “Free” is not always completely free. For example, a free meal doesn’t always come with a beverage, so be prepared to pay for your drink and other extras. (2) Call ahead to your local restaurant or business to make sure they’re participating in any national programs. Double-check what they’re offering, ask if there are limited hours or quantities, and confirm what proof of service they require. (3) Most of these offers apply to veterans of all stripes, but some may not. Be sure you are eligible and you have the appropriate ID/paperwork. (4) When you go into the business, let them know up front that you would like the discount or deal. (5) Not all discounts apply to the entire party. Be sure you’re clear whether family members or guests are covered.

Here are several sites you’ll want to review:

Discounts for veterans in Lancaster County – all year round! Lancaster County’s Recorder of Deeds office’s “Thank-A-Vet” Discount Program is a way for our community to express its gratitude and recognize the service and sacrifices made by our veterans. Participating merchants agree to honor the card by providing special discounts on purchases or services when presented with the “Thank A Vet” photo identification card. Participating merchants and sponsors will be identified by a poster or decal in the window and also listed here on our web site. The site will be updated monthly, and upon request, printed copies will also be available.CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE LATEST LIST OF PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS.

Berks County provides a Military ID Card – Veterans Discharge recording and Veterans I.D. Card for veterans.

Discounts for veterans in Berks Countymilitaryandveteransdiscounts.com

OTHER ACTIVITIES SLATED FOR VETERANS DAY INCLUDE:

  • Berks County Veterans Day Ceremony – 11/11/2016 11:00 AM  at Reading’s City Park by the War Memorials. Please join the Combined Veterans Council of Berks County as it hosts the annual Berks County Veterans Day Ceremony. The event recognizes military service and the community’s appreciation of its citizens who serve and have served in the armed forces of the United States of America. Parking is available on street by the park. Contact Berks County Director of Veterans Affairs 610-378-5601, ext 1 if you need reasonable accommodation to attend the ceremony.
  • StoneRidge Military Veterans Association will host an event at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Theatre on Main at StoneRidge Poplar Run, 440 E. Lincoln Ave., Myerstown. Speaker will be retired Lt. Col. Richard D. Barnett who served in the signal corps for 30 years. The Junior ROTC from Pine Grove Area School District will post the colors. Music will be provided by Jessica Weidman.
  • A service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown in the Freemasons Cultural Center – Brossman Ballroom. The program includes the March Masters band, speaker Col. James C. Post and a special recognition for World War II veterans. After the service, food popular during the World War II era will be available along with a display of memorabilia. A memorial to each soldier who has died in combat since 9/11, the Massing of Colors featuring more than 7,000 American flags, will be on display Nov. 7-14 in the Masonic Village Veterans Grove.
  • The DEI Winters Leadership Memorial Committee will host a luminary tribute at Ephrata Veterans Plaza along the Winters Memorial Trail from sunset until 9 p.m. Nov. 11. Admission is free. More than 800 luminaries will be lighted. Bountiful Feast food truck will be available with food and drink. Woodcrest Audio will provide music. VFW Post 3376, 141 S. State St., will hold an open house noon-midnight Nov. 11. Information: www.wintersleadershipmemorial.org.
  • Celebrate the Holiday and Fly at Sky Zone Lancaster! This Veteran’s Day we will be open 10am-11:30pm. Between the hours of 10am and 5pm, get two hours of jump time for just $24!!! Veterans with a ID jump free. Only on Friday November 11th, 2016. Then join us for Glow Zone at 7pm and 9:30pm! Sky Zone Lancaster, 1701 Hempstead Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 

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