Have you thanked a Veteran today? Veterans Day is an ideal time to remember your aging parents’ service to our country. Families can celebrate by quietly recalling special stories and recollections of the service period, enjoying a free meal at one of many local restaurants, taking a family drive through a nearby national or state park, or attending a local parade and memorial service.
Fall is a perfect time to plan a small family activity and Veterans Day weekend is one of the best of times as it’s just before the craziness of the holiday season and the weather is pleasant before winter’s chill settles in for the next several months.
Save your Veterans special memories!
The Veterans History Project is a wonderful way to capture and preserve your loved one’s memories and recollections of their service time. The Library of Congress website offers tools and tips that can help you capture memories while preserving our nation’s history.
There is such a thing as a free lunch!
Veterans are honored with free meals, appetizers or reduced prices at restaurants such as Applebee’s, Golden Corral, Chili’s, Olive Garden, McCormick & Schmick’s, California Pizza Kitchen, or Red Lobster on Veterans Day or during the holiday weekend. Many more restaurants and retailers are offering special discounts for Veterans.
Entrance fees are waived as our U.S. National Park Service offers free entrance to our national parks during Veterans Day Weekend. Some local and state parks are waiving or discounting their fees as well.
Watch a parade!
“Houston Salutes American Heroes” with a downtown parade. Pre-parade festivities begin at 10 a.m. and a ceremony honoring Houston-area Veterans begins at 11 a.m. with the parade stepping of at 12:30 p.m.
But, most importantly, thank you.