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Here are Veterans Day events and meal deals in the CSRA

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Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 10:58 AM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Our local communities are holding plenty of events and specials this week to thank and honor veterans and active-duty service members.

CSRA OBSERVING VETERANS DAY

The city of Augusta will hold its Veterans Day ceremony in person for the first time since 2019. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the All Wars Monument at Fourth and Broad streets.

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis Jr. and Congressman Rick Allen of Georgia’s 12th District are expected to speak. Seating may run out, so you might want to bring a chair just in case.

Just before the ceremony, the 11th District American Legion Department of Georgia will hold a drive-by salute for veterans starting at 10 a.m. at the monument.

Also today, there is a Quilts of Valor Ceremony where 15 quilts will be awarded to military veterans. This event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Horizon Motor Coach on Appling-Harlem Road.

A Veterans Day breakfast will be held at the Woodside Country Club in Aiken starting at 8 a.m.

Art 4 Vets will be raising money for local veteran service organizations. The event has a $20 fee for food such as hamburgers, hot dogs and doughnuts. There will also be a cash bar. All of the proceeds will go to local organizations. The event will be at the Southside Gallery Design Studio on Whiskey Road in Aiken. Tickets are available at www.Art4Vets.com

There are other Veterans Day programs happening:

  • Edgefield Veterans’ Memorial Park celebration will start at 10 a.m.
  • Wade Hampton Veterans Park in North Augusta. It is hosted by American Legion Post 71 and will start at 11 a.m.
  • Aiken County Veterans Park ceremony will start at 11 a.m.
  • VFW Post 10601 on Hudson Road in Aiken County will hold a ceremony with retired Rear Adm. Dean Sackett as guest speaker. Boy Scout Troop 115 will perform a flag retirement and a flag pole dedication. The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m.

Happening this weekend, there are two 5K run events in Aiken on Saturday.

One will start at the intersection of Newberry Street and Park Ave in downtown Aiken at 8 a.m.

Then the second run includes an obstacle course, a 5K run, and a family run and walk all starting at 10 a.m. Check-in for these races will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Roberto Hernandez Stadium. There will be a Post Fun Health Fair Festival after the races.

FIND RESTAURANTS OFFERING VETERANS DAY MEAL DEALS

To honor members of the military, these restaurants are offering veterans free meals on Veterans Day:

  • Applebee’s: Veterans and active-duty military receive a free full-size entree when dining in from a special menu. Also, military guests will receive a $5 bounce back card to redeem for dine-in, To Go, or delivery within three weeks.
  • Bonefish Grill: Active-duty personnel, veterans, and first responders get 10% off every day with a valid ID.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: All veterans and active-duty military will receive 10 free boneless wings and fries whether you dine-in or carry out.
  • California Dreaming: Veterans get 50% off any regular menu entree. This is dine-in only.
  • Carolina Ale House: Veterans and active-duty military will receive a free Ribeye with a valid I.D.
  • Carraba’s Italian Grill: Active-duty personnel, veterans, and first responders get 10% off every day with a valid ID.
  • Cicis Pizza: The pizza chain is offering a free adult buffet with a valid military I.D.
  • Chicken Salad Chick: Veterans and active-duty military will receive a free Chick Special and regular drink.
  • Chili’s: Veterans and active-duty service members get a free meal while dining in from a select menu at all participating restaurants.
  • Denny’s: Veterans and active military personnel get a free ‘Build Your Own Grand Slam’ when dining in from 5 a.m. to noon.
  • Draft Society Taproom - Augusta: Veterans and active military personnel will get 25% off all beer on Veterans Day.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts: Veterans and active-duty military receive a free doughnut at participating locations.
  • Krispy Kreme: Veterans and active-duty military receive a free doughnut and coffee at participating locations.
  • Golden Corral: During Military Appreciation night on November 11, veteran and active military personnel will receive a free meal from 5 p.m. to closing. This is for dine-in only.
  • Hooters: Active-duty military and veterans get a free entrée from the Hooters Veterans Day Menu with the purchase of a beverage.
  • IHOP: Veterans and active-duty military get free Red, White & Blueberry Pancakes at participating locations.
  • La Cocina De El Rey - Grovetown: Veterans and active-duty military will receive a free taco combo all day.
  • Little Caesars: Active-duty and veterans can get a free Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo at participating restaurants from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m
  • O’Charley’s: Active-duty and veterans can get a free meal off of a special menu. This is for dine-in only.
  • Outback Steakhouse: Active-duty personnel, veterans, and first responders get 10% off every day with a valid state or federal I.D.
  • Red Lobster: Veterans, active-duty military and reservists get a free appetizer or dessert from a special menu.
  • Shane’s Rib Shack: Active-duty military and veterans get a free BBQ Pork or BBQ Chicken Plate November 10 through 12.
  • Smoothie King: Veterans and active-duty military members get a free 20 oz. smoothie.
  • Starbucks: Veterans, military service members, and military spouses get a free tall (12-oz) hot brewed coffee at participating stores.
  • Taylor-Made Kakes: All military service members will receive a 10% discount when they present their I.D.
  • Texas Roadhouse: Texas Roadhouse will hand out dinner vouchers at the stores’ parking lots from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Veterans and active-duty military can redeem their dinner vouchers when the restaurant opens for dinner, through May 30, 2022.
  • Twin Peaks: Veterans and military service members can get a free meal from a selected menu with the purchase of a drink. This is dine-in only.
  • Wendy’s: Active-duty military and veterans get a free breakfast combo from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Zaxby’s: Active-duty military and veterans can get a free Signature Chicken Sandwich Meal at participating locations.

BUSINESSES OFFERING SPECIAL DEALS FOR VETERANS

  • Sol Himalayan Salt Cave and Spa: Special available for both veterans and active military on November 11-12. Enjoy $10 off each service. Excludes massage and esthetician services.
  • Catholic Social Services Thrift Store: Clothes and shoes are buy one, get one free.
  • Stars and Strikes Family Entertainment Centers: Join for an open to close offer of $19.99 per person for an hour of bowling. Also includes a 1-hour unlimited arcade game card and shoe rental.

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