In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

2018 Veterans Day events in southern Arizona

Honoring the military – both veterans and active duty personnel with Veterans Day Events in Southern Arizona. Here’s a list to get you started…

PARADES:

TUCSON:

99th annual Veterans Day parade Monday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. Downtown Tucson

The American Legion Post 7 hosts the parade and ceremony in downtown Tucson starting at Granada and Alameda. This years theme: “Celebration of Armistice Day

SIERRA VISTA:

The City of Sierra Vista’s 24th Annual Veterans Day Parade will be held on Saturday, Nov.10 beginning at 9 a.m.

The route will run down Fry Boulevard at 7th street and end at Veterans Memorial Park. A short ceremony will follow in the park.

For more information, please contact Laura Killberg at Laura.Killberg@SierraVistaAZ.gov.

Hats Off to Heroes: Tucson’s annual salute to veterans of service in the armed forces will take place at Reid Park’s DeMeester Band Shell, Nov. 11 from noon to 6:30 p.m. The program will feature many events to honor our veterans and military personnel. During the day, there will be food trucks, a veterans resource fair and many favorite local bands to keep your friends, family and neighbors entertained.

PCC to celebrate veterans with 7th annual event:

Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus at 1255 N. Stone Avenue is hosting an early Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program will include speakers, entertainment, food, and recognition of local businesses that support veterans. The event, which will take place next to the historic Roosevelt building, is free and open to all. Parking is free as well.

Veterans Day is Nov. 11 and honors all people who have served in the U.S. military, recognizing them for their love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. This year Nov. 11 falls on a Sunday. Pima is closed in observation of the holiday on Nov. 12.

Casino Del Sol, the Sol of Tucson, will erect their annual Veterans Wall to pay tribute to the brave veterans and active members of America’s armed services. Join the casino on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. for the dedication ceremony.

Casino Del Sol has erected this wall every year since 2010, inviting the public to sign the wall with personal stories, memories, and notes of appreciation to military personnel close to their hearts. The Veterans Wall will be on display in the Casino Del Sol hotel lobby, open to the public 24 hours a day, from Nov. 7 through Nov. 18.

For more information, visit www.casinodelsol.com or call 1-855-SOL-STAY (765-7829).

FREE ENTRY:

Old Tucson honors veterans from Friday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 201 South Kinney Road, Tucson, 85735 with free admission Friday to Sunday for all active military and veterans. There will also be a special military flag parade each day.

Bearizona: Free admission for Veterans and Active Duty Military on Sunday Nov. 11

This Veterans Day, Bearizona Wildlife Park invites all active duty and retired military to enjoy a day at the park as a Thank You for their service, by presenting a military ID or proof of service.

Bearizona is located at 1500 E W Historic Rte 66, Williams, AZ 86046

Coronado National Forest, in honor of Veterans Day is waiving fees at most day-use recreation sites on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11.

The nationwide fee waiver event is offered in cooperation with other federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Fees are waived generally for day-use areas such as picnic grounds and developed trailheads. The waiver does not apply to overnight campgrounds, group use fees or fees charged at concession-operated facilities.

No fees are charged at any time on 98 percent of national forests and grasslands, and approximately two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national forests and grasslands can be used free of charge.

Active duty military members can obtain a free Interagency Annual Military Pass that waives fees year-round at all Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees, excluding concessionaire-operated sites.

For Coronado National Forest ranger district and recreation area information: Know before you go.

  • Coronado National Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Coronado
  • Coronado National Forest Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/CoronadoNF
  • Douglas Ranger District (Chiricahua Mountains, Dragoon Mountains) – (520) 364-3468.
  • Nogales Ranger District (Santa Rita Mountains, Madera Canyon; Atascosa Mountains; Tumacacori Mountains) – (520) 281-2296.
  • Safford Ranger District (Mt. Graham) – (928) 428-4150.
  • Santa Catalina Ranger District (Mt. Lemmon, Sabino Canyon) – (520) 749-8700.
  • Sierra Vista Ranger District (Huachuca Mountains, Miller Peak Wilderness) – (520) 378-0311

FREEBIES

Information from The Military Wallet:

Applebee’s, Nov. 11, 2018: One of 8 entrées to choose from for a free meal. Military ID or proof of service required. You can read all about the offer in our post here, and get more information and check out all of Applebee’s locations on their website.

Chipotle, Active military and veterans who show a U.S. military ID at any Chipotle from open to close on Sunday, Nov. 11 can enjoy a BOGO burrito, bowl, salad or tacos. Details are online at chipotle.com/militaryappreciation.

Cracker Barrel, Nov. 11, 2018. Complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake for dessert or a Crafted Coffee. More infoLocations.

Denny’s: To thank America’s veterans for their endless service and dedication, Denny’s is inviting all active, inactive and military personnel into its booths on Monday, Nov. 12 from 5 a.m. to noon to enjoy a free Build Your Own Grand Slam®. For more information about Denny’s or to find a participating location near you, please visit www.dennys.com.

Famous Dave’s, Nov. 11, and Nov. 12. Free 2 Meat Combo served with choice of side and cornbread muffin – for veterans and current military members. Bring proof of service. Participating locations only. More infoLocations.

LongHorn Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2018. Free appetizer or dessert (no purchase required, no restrictions). Additional 10 percent off for guests that dine with Veterans on Nov.11. Offer good for Veterans and active-duty military members. Proof of service required. Find a location near you here.

Olive Garden, Nov. 11, 2018. Free entrée from a special menu. Entrées are served with unlimited soup or house salad and garlic breadsticks. Offer good for veterans and active duty military; proof of service required. Read our guide to Olive Garden’s Veterans Day special and take a look at their locations.

Outback Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2018. Free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage. This offer is available to Military Personnel and veterans with ID. Also available 10 percent OFF Heroes Discount is open to servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters, and first responders, with corresponding state or federal service ID through Dec 31, 2018. You can learn more in our post on Outback’s military discount and find an Outback near you with the restaurant’s locator tool, as well as checking out their Operation Homefront initiative.

Red Lobster will be offering a free appetizer or dessert to veterans, active-duty military and reservists with a valid military ID on Sunday, Nov. 11 and Monday, Nov. 12. Find the nearest location here.

Red Robin is offering all veterans and active duty military members a FREE Red’s Tavern Double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on Veterans Day, Sunday Nov. 11 at participating locations. For more information about Red Robin’s Veterans Day offer, visit www.redrobin.com/veteransday.

Texas Roadhouse, Nov. 11. Free meal from special menu. Includes sides and a soft drink, coffee, or tea. Proof of service required. Dine-in only. You can access more info and find locations on Texas Roadhouse’s website.

Wienerschnitzel, Nov. 11. A complimentary Chili Dog, small fries and 20 oz. drink at participating Wienerschnitzel locations, with valid military ID or by wearing a military uniform. Find the closest Location to you.

FREE MEALS AFTER VETERANS DAY:

Golden Corral, Nov. 12, 2018 (5 pm TO 9 pm): The 18th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciationdinner is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation dinner, which you can learn all about in our post here.

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS:

In celebration of Veterans Day, SmileDirectClub, the doctor-directed, at-home invisible aligner therapy company, is eager to give back in honor of the holiday.

During Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 9 – Nov. 12, SmileDirectClub will be giving all active military and veterans $200 off of their invisible aligner purchase for those who visit one of the brand’s 150 SmileShop locations, with proof of military ID. In addition to the hefty discount, SmileDirectClub will also be donating 10% of the sales from those military and veterans’ members to the Fisher House Foundation, a military-based nonprofit which creates comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay while a loved one is receiving treatment.

Red Roof Inn:

To make their homecomings even more special, to show their support for the troops and veterans, and as a thank you for all their service, Red Roof is offering the Home for the Holidays Military Discount for Active Duty Members and Veterans. When they book from November 1 – December 31, 2018, all active duty military and veterans can enjoy 20 percent off Red Roof’s best available rate for stays reserved November 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019 when using code VP# 623095*.

The Home for the Holidays rate is only available when booked online at redroof.com or by calling 800.RED.ROOF (800.733.7663). The discount can be applied at any Red Roof Inn, Red Roof PLUS+ or The Red Collection properties.

Veterans and Military Families Month

Beginning in 2017, President Trump proclaimed November Veterans and Military Families Month, marking the first time America celebrated Veterans and military families for the entire month and not just on Veterans Day, in keeping with the President’s strong focus on improving care and benefits to our nation’s heroes.

That tradition continues again this year, with more than 300 events at VA hospitals, benefits offices and cemeteries across the country, including:

  • senior leader visits to VA facilities
  • open houses
  • town halls
  • benefits claims clinics
  • volunteer recognitions
  • homeless Veteran initiative events
  • suicide prevention events
  • faith-based community events
  • flag planting tributes at national cemeteries

To celebrate Veterans and Military Families Month locally, The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) in partnership with the community and hold the following events honoring Veterans and their families throughout the month of November:

  1. Pima Community College Veterans Day Celebration at Pima Community College Down Town Campus located at 1255 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85709 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 8.
  2. Tucson VA hosting a National Family Caregiver month luncheon for those enrolled in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers on Thursday, November 8 at the Tucson VA Medical Center.
  3. Pantano Elks Lodge will host a dinner for Tucson VA Inpatient Veterans on Friday, November 9 at 615 S. Pantano Rd, Tucson, AZ 85710.
  4. American Legion Riders will be hosting BBQ for Veterans that reside in the Community Living Center and the Southwestern Blind Rehabilitation Center starting at noon on Saturday, November 10.
  5. Tucson VA Volunteers will be handing out coffee and carnations to Veterans on Wednesday, November 14 at the Tucson VA.
  6. Fall Veteran Resource Fair & Town Hall at the Tucson VA located at 3601 S. 6th Ave. Tucson AZ, 85723 on Friday, November 16 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  7. Transgender Remembrance Day at the Tucson VA Tuesday, November 20 in the Patio Conference Room at 3601 S. 6th Ave. Tucson AZ, 85723 starting at noon.

This year’s celebration of Veterans and Military Families Month caps an unprecedented period of improvement for VA, as the department has made groundbreaking progress over the last two years in the areas of accountability, transparency and efficiency across the department while enjoying an important series of legislative successes.

“At VA, Veterans and their families are at the center of everything we do. Veterans and Military Families Month is an opportunity for us to honor the service of these patriots while educating communities about VA benefits and services and our commitment to customer service improvement,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said.

The full list of national events for Veterans and Military Families month is available at this link.