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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

America will say thank you to Veterans in observance of Veterans Day on Monday.

Numerous events honoring veterans in the Upstate began have been scheduled for Sunday and Monday. Numerous restaurants are also offering veterans and service members free meals and special menu offers.

The Anderson Veterans' Day parade began at 3 p.m. Sunday in downtown Anderson. Veterans from the M.J. Dolly Cooper Veterans' Home participated in the event, along with numerous other floats, vehicles, and community members. The parade route covered a stretch of Main Street between Greenville and River Streets.

You can get a glimpse at what battlefield life was like for Revolutionary War soldiers at the Kings Mountain National Park in Cherokee County.

The Backcountry Militia staged an encampment at the Visitor's Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Restaurants, businesses support Veterans Day

Chili's restaurants said they are making it easy to salute wounded veterans on Sunday. Restaurants said they will donate 10 percent of customers' total bills to the Wounded Warrior Project. The restaurant chain said customers must mention the Nationwide Give Back Event to serves for the money to be donated.

On Monday, Chili's restaurants nationwide will also offer free entrees to all veterans and active military personnel.

Sticky Fingers restaurants are offering veterans and active-service members an on-line coupon good for a free meal with the purchase of another meal on Monday. The coupon is accessible via the link below.

Twin Peaks, the restaurant that claims to be the ultimate man-cave, said restaurants nationwide will offer a free lunch or dinner entree to all veterans and active service members.

On The Border restaurants said they will thank veterans and troops more than 150 Ways with a free "Create Your Own Combo" This Veterans Day. The special will allow current and retired service members more than 150 possible dinner combinations, Monday.

All participating restaurants require veterans and service members to provide identification and proof of service in order to receive the menu specials.

Food Lion supermarkets said they will offer a 10 percent discount to active and retired military personnel to show their support and appreciation for those who are currently serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces on Monday.

In addition to the in-store discount, the company is also supporting the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization that honors and empowers wounded heroes. Customers will be asked to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project by purchasing specially-marked items in Food Lion stores, or purchasing a chip clip or bracelet at the register for a dollar.

Events scheduled to honor Vets on Monday

The Greenville Health System's Veterans' Ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, in front of Greenville Memorial Hospital. Officials said the event will feature several speakers and include a bagpipe performance, 21-gun salute and playing of Taps.

The Charles George V. A. Medical Center in Asheville will also honor Veterans with a ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday. Officials said the ceremony will feature Keynote speaker Brigadier General James Ernst the Assistant Adjutant General for Maneuver of the North Carolina National Guard. Some other highlights include a releasing of doves, and a 21 gun salute.

A Union county soldier who was injured in Afghanistan when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in 2011 will be honored during the county's parade on Monday. Kevin Brewington will lead the parade, which is scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. at the war memorials on Main Street. Brewington was injured when he stepped on a pressure plated IED in the town of Boad in the Kandahar province while on patrol. He had to have both legs amputated and major surgery done on one of his arms and an eye.

The town of Walhalla is celebrating with a day of special events and displays inside the Patriot'sHall museum. The museum, located at 13 Short Street, will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The featured speaker, Joe Rawl, a retired Army helicopter pilot with 21 years of active service, including time in Vietnam, will share his experience..

Monday, Pickens High School will dedicate a memorial in memory of Pfc. Barrett Austin, who gave his life during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

The dedication ceremony will be at 11 a.m., following the school's Veterans Day Ceremony at 10:15 a.m. the Pickens High football stadium.

The memorial will be placed outside the stadium, and the dedication is open to invited guests and the media only.

The Ware Shoals High School will be honoring Lou Brissie during the school's Veterans' Day Ceremony. Brissie is a World War Two Veteran who overcame significant war injuries to become a star Major League Baseball player in the late 1940s and 50s.

Tri-County Technical College will celebrate the opening of a new veterans' center, called Patriots' Place. Officials said the center will open at 11 a.m. Monday, in the Student Center, Suite 155. Officials said Patriot's Place will be a place where the school's 200-plus veterans can get to know each other, study together, have meetings, and access resources.

Greenville Tech is also opening a veterans' area at its main campus on Monday, to kick off three days of events aimed at honoring veterans. Officials said the school will host a grand opening at the Eagle's Nest, in the Engineering Technology Building, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, at 2 p.m. in the Technical Resource Center auditorium on the Barton Campus, a Patriots Panel, made up of students and teachers who have served in the military, will speak about their experiences.

Lastly, on Wednesday, a military recruiting event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center. Recruiters from all branches of the military will be on hand along with a representative from Furman University's Army ROTC program.

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