Now that Halloween is behind us, Veterans Day is officially right around the corner. The holiday, which originated as Armistice Day in 1919, has been observed as Veterans Day on November 11th each year since 1978. The day provides an opportunity to give thanks in a number of ways to those who have served our country in the armed forces. These are just some of the great events to observe the holiday and special deals for veterans and active duty military personnel in and around Boca Raton.
City of Boca Raton Veterans Day Ceremony
On the morning of November 11th, Boca Raton’s observance of Veterans Day will begin at the Spanish River Athletic Complex at deHoernle Park. The event will feature speeches by City of Boca officials and representatives of veterans groups, along with music from the Boca Raton Community High School Band and the Ft. Lauderdale Highlanders. The Boca Raton Community High School NJROTC and Boca Raton Police and Fire Honor Guards will perform drills, and there will be a medallion presentation for veterans in attendance. From 9:00-9:30 a.m. there will be a Veteran Resource fair, and free breakfast will be provided for veterans in attendance.
Spanish River Athletic Complex at deHoernle Park, 1000 Spanish River Blvd, Boca Raton, FL, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. https://www.myboca.us/1467/Veterans-Day
“An American Tribute” at the Mizner Park Amphitheater
Later that evening, there will be a free concert at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in honor of veterans and active members of the armed services. The concert, titled “An American Tribute,” will be presented by the Florida Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Kyle Prescott.
Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. https://myboca.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=551
IPIC offers free tickets
In addition to the events organized by the City of Boca Raton, Veterans and active duty military personnel can redeem a free movie ticket on November 11th with valid ID at the IPIC movie theater. The offer is available at both the Boca Raton and Delray Beach IPIC locations, but it must be redeemed in person, and admission is dependent on availability.
IPIC Boca Raton, 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432, 561/299-3000 www.ipic.com
IPIC Delray Beach, 25 SE 4th Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483, 561/359-5844 www.ipic.com
Free meals and other restaurant discounts
- Golden Corral is offering free meals to veterans and active duty service members from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Nov. 11th.
- Dunkin’ Donuts is offering a free donut to veterans and active duty service members on Nov. 11th, with no purchase required.
- Chili’s is offering a free meal to veterans and active duty service members on Veterans Day with proof of military service.
- Applebee’s will have a special menu from which veterans and active duty military personnel can choose a free meal with proof of military service.
- Olive Garden is offering free meals to veterans and active duty service members with proof of military service on Nov. 11th.
- Red Robin is offering veterans and active duty military a free Red’s Tavern Double burger and Bottomless Steak Fries with proof of service.
- IHOP is offering veterans and active duty men and women their choice of a free breakfast combo or a free stack of Red, White, and Blueberry pancakes on Veterans Day.
- Buffalo Wild Wings is offering veterans and active duty military personnel a free order of wings and a side of fries with proof of service.
- Red Lobster will provide a free appetizer or desert to veterans or active duty military with proof of service.