Veterans Day is Saturday. Here is a list of events associated with Veterans Day this year in the Killeen-Fort Hood area:
The Area Veterans Advisory Committee will conduct the Killeen Veterans Day parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. The parade route starts and ends at the intersection of North College Street and Avenue D. Bleachers can be found on North Gray Street next to the Killeen Public Library. For more information, call Lupe Lopez at 254-702-0465.
The Killeen Area Heritage Association will host a Red, White and Blue Sing-Along after the annual Veterans Day parade Saturday in downtown Killeen. Rief Kessler, minister of music and worship at First Baptist Church of Killeen, will lead the sing-along at 1 p.m. at the heritage association’s headquarters, the former Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, 400 S. Gray St. in Killeen. Refreshments will be served following the sing-along, and association officers will be elected for 2018. Information about association membership is available at 254-634-7750 or 254-291-9522.
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.
Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas are waiving all-day use fees at more than 2,400 recreational areas nationwide for Veterans Day. 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.
The annual Veterans Day parade is at 10 a.m. Saturday in Copperas Cove. 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-float 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.
Meals and Services
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 Saturday. For more information, call 254-526-9711.
Chili’s: free meal for veterans and active-duty service members Saturday. For more information, call 254-690-4644.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: free entree up to $12.95 for service members Saturday. For more information, call 254-778-3300.
Cici’s Pizza: 25 percent off adult buffet for service members 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. Monday. For more information, call 254-501-4710.
Texas Roadhouse: free lunch for veterans 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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 Saturday. For more information, call 254-690-1523.
Cracker Barrel: complimentary slice of double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake Saturday. For more information, call 254-953-8290.
Hooters: 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 Saturday. For more information, call 254-526-7702.
Little Caesar’s: free $5 lunch combo to veterans and active-duty service members Saturday. For more information, call 254-554-9955.
Olive Garden: free entree for active-duty and veterans Saturday. For more information, call 254-699-2709.
Outback Steakhouse: active-duty and retired members receive a free Bloomin’ Onion appetizer Saturday. For more information, call 254-699-4164.
Red Lobster: free appetizer or dessert for veterans, reserve and active-duty personnel Saturday. For more information, call 254-526-7335.
Red Robin: free Red’s Tavern double burger with bottomless steak fries Saturday. For more information, call 254-699-8550.
Starbucks: free tall coffee for veterans, reservists, active-duty members and their spouses Saturday. For more information, call 254-690-5192.
TGI Fridays: discounted lunch for veterans and active-duty service members from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 254-953-2117.
Sport Clips Haircuts: locations across the country will host the company’s annual Veterans Day haircut event Saturday, during which $1 per haircut service will support the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarships” for service members and veterans. For more information, contact Dana Dussing Berry at 501-772-6141 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.