Veterans Day Happenings


Sarah Treusch

JROTC’s Veterans Day Celebration, held Nov. 11, 2021.

Held on Nov. 11 each year, Veterans Day is dedicated to previous soldiers who courageously fought to protect the United States. At the end of World War I, Germany and the Allied powers ceased fire at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, hence the chosen date. The holiday was federally recognized 68 years ago, dedicated to the anniversary of the first global war ending. Many celebrations and military discounts are held and offered to thank veterans for their service.


Across the state and nation, many places are holding ceremonies and celebrations to honor veterans. Atlanta will hold a parade on Saturday, Nov. 12 in its own Battery Park. Each year a ceremony is also held at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where many passed soldiers lay. Whether veterans can attend these events or not, they are welcome to offers in many stores.


Although many businesses have a year-round military discount for active duty and veterans, others are offering a special veterans day deal for customers. The deals are intended to emphasize the date and show significance, as opposed to the typical military discount provided.


Many restaurants are providing active duty and veterans with free meals this year.  Texas Roadhouse, Chilis and Applebee’s are offering customers who are currently or previously served a price waiver on their meals. While it may not be free, Miller’s Ale House is giving a 50 percentdiscount on an entree of choice.


Alongside dining, there are also retail discounts available. Dollar General, Rack Room Shoes, and Walgreens are all offering 20 percent off. Grocery stores such as Food Lion, Publix and Target have a 10 percent discount listed. With the largest retail discount seen, Kohls will be giving 30 percent  off to any active-duty, veterans, or families of the military.


Each soldier, active or retired, has played a special role in the nation’s standings today. Discounts and deals are only a small part of giving back to the members of the military that have fought so bravely for the United States to remain free.