Veterans Day is Saturday, Nov. 11, and the Herald will be covering the events associated with the holiday that recognizes all veterans. Look for the Herald’s annual Veterans Day special section “Salute to Service” inside the Fort Hood Herald and Killeen Daily Herald on Wednesday.
Here is a list of events associated with Veterans Day this year in the Killeen area:
The Carlson Law Firm will host its annual Lunch Is On Us Food Truck Rally on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 100 E. Central Texas Expressway in Killeen in honor of Veterans Day. All veterans and soldiers are invited to enjoy a free lunch.There will be three food trucks, giveaways, gift bags and a radio station. For more information, contact Jillian Fowler at 254-526-5688 or at email@example.com.
Boy Scouts will pay their respects to fallen soldiers buried at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 State Highway 195, Killeen, at 8 a.m. Saturday. To commemorate Veterans Day, each Boy Scout will place an American flag on a grave. A flag retirement ceremony will follow about 9:30 a.m.
The Area Veterans Advisory Committee will conduct the Killeen Veterans Day Parade on Saturday at 11 a.m. The parade route starts and ends at North College Street. Bleachers can be found on North Gray Street next to the Killeen Public Library. Registration forms are available at www.avac-centex.com. For more information, call Lupe Lopez at 254-702-0465.
Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Areas is waiving all day use fees at more than 2,400 recreational areas nationwide. This waiver is available to all veterans, active and reserve members and their families. Only verbal confirmation of service is needed to waive fees. For more information, call the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rough River Lake Project Office, at 270-257-2061.
A veterans ceremony is planned at the Harker Heights Recreation Center, 307 Miller’s Crossing, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 254-953-5465.
The annual Veterans Day Parade is on Saturday at 10 a.m.. The theme this year is All Veterans, All Wars. Line-up will take place in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8577 parking lot with overflow and larger floats staging at the Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary School parking lot. Pinto beans, cornbread and desserts will be provided at the post home following the parade. Call the post with any questions or concerns at 254-547-1516.
The Lampasas County Museum will host Col. Robert A. Wright IV at 2 p.m. Saturday. Wright will speak on the topic of service: What private citizens can do to thank servicemen and women for their sacrifices. Light refreshments will be served at the museum, 303 S. Western Ave., Lampasas. Wright is the senior regular Army adviser to the Texas Army National Guard. Before this position, Wright served as the chief of colonels requirements for the Army chief of staff and the deputy chief of staff for operations at NATO Rapid Deployable Corps-Turkey, where he performed NATO political directives with 13 nations. For more information, call 512-556-2224.
Restaurants observe Veterans Day
Most restaurants require proof of service. Call restaurant for requirements and details before dining in.
Applebee’s: free meal for veterans and active members of the military on Saturday. For more information, call 254-526-9711.
Chili’s: free meal for veterans and active-duty service members on Saturday. For more information, call 254-690-4644.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: free entree up to $12.95 for service members on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 254-778-3300.
Cici’s Pizza: 25 percent off adult buffet for service members on Saturday. For more information, call 254-242-3400.
Golden Corral: free dinner for military retirees, active duty, National Guard and Reserves from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13. For more information, call 254-501-4710.
Texas Roadhouse: free lunch for veterans 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch on Saturday. For more information, call 254-699-7366.
Buffalo Wild Wings: free one small order of wings and a side of fries for veterans and active duty members on Saturday all day. For more information, call 254-690-1523.
Cracker Barrel: complimentary slice of double chocolate fudge cocoa cola cake on Saturday. For more information, call 254-953-8290.
Hooters is offering a free meal for veterans and active-duty members Saturday. For more information, call 254-501-4195.
IHOP: free red, white and blue pancakes for veterans and active duty members on Saturday. For more information, call 254-526-7702.
Little Caesar’s: free $5 lunch combo to veterans and active-duty service members on Saturday. For more information, call 254-554-9955.
Olive Garden: free entree for active- duty and veterans on Saturday. For more information, call 254-699-2709.
Outback Steakhouse: active-duty and retired members receive a free Bloomin’ Onion appetizer on Saturday. For more information, call 254-699-4164.
Red Lobster: free appetizer or dessert for veterans, reserve and active duty personnel on Saturday. For more information, call 254-526-7335.
Red Robin: free Red’s Tavern double burger with bottomless steak fries on Saturday. For more information, call 254-699-8550.
Starbucks: free tall coffee for veterans, reservists, active-duty members and their spouses on Saturday. For more information, call 254-690-5192.