Veteran’s Day Events & Freebies Around Los Angeles

This Monday, November 11th is Veteran’s Day and people all over the nation are giving thanks to past Veterans and current service members who put their lives on the line to protect our country.

To thank Vets for all that they’ve done, several special events in Los Angeles are taking place to honor members of the armed forces, plus several businesses are offering free meals and specials just for Vets and active duty members.

Take a look at some of the best events and deals to take advantage of this Veteran’s Day weekend.

Veteran’s Day Events:

Veterans Day Ceremony
Forest Lawn
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 11 a.m.

This free event features patriotic music, speakers and moving tributes in honor of those who have served for our country. Golden Stars Skydiving Team will also make an appearance to stage an aerial performance with a full team of skydivers on hand.

Long Beach Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony
6301 Myrtle Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90805
(562) 570-1640
Date: Nov. 9, 2013 at 10 a.m. (Houghton Park at 12 p.m.)

This annual event features a parade complete with floats, military marchers, bands and more and follows it up with a post-parade street festival with a Craft and Vendors Fair plus ceremonies honoring those who fought.

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Freebie meals for Vets (via

Applebee’s, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Vets or active duty can enjoy an Applebee’s signature dish on the house this Veteran’s Day. Military ID or proof of service required. More info.

California Pizza Kitchen, Nov. 11, 2013. Free meal and non-alcoholic beverage for veterans and active military with valid ID or proof of service. More info.

Chili’s, Monday, Nov. 11 2013. Past and present service members can choose a free meal from a limited-item lunch or dinner menu. Military ID or proof of service required. More info.

Denny’s Veterans Day Appreciation Event, Nov. 11, 2013. Free all you can eat pancakes from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 for all active, retirees, and veterans with a valid military ID or proof of military service. More info.

Hooters, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Enjoy a free meal up to $10.99 in value with any drink purchase, by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any Hooters location across the country. More info.

Krispy Kreme, Nov. 11, 2013. Enjoy a free doughnut and small coffee at participating locations with proof of service or military ID. More info.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – free lunch or dinner, Sunday Nov 10, 2013: McCormick & Schmick’s is celebrating their 15th annual Veteran’s Appreciation Event on Sunday, November 10th. More info.

Menchi’s, Nov. 11, 2013. All veterans will receive a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt on Veterans Day. More info.

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