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Veterans Day celebrations and special offers

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There are numerous events, freebies, and opportunities to honor veterans and military service members on and leading up to Veterans Day.

Restaurant offers

Many restaurants are offering free meals and discounts to veterans and active duty military. Military ID may be required and participation may vary by location.

  • O’Charley’s Restaurants are offering free $9.99 meals to veterans on Monday, Nov. 9. Meals include O’Charley’s Famous Chicken Tenders & Twisted Chips, Bayou Shrimp Pasta and Chicken Fried Steak, among other meals. In addition to free meals, veterans will continue to enjoy Free Pie Wednesday on Nov. 11.
  • Golden Corral is offering a free buffet meal and beverage on Nov. 11 from 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Red Robin is offering a free Red’s Tavern Double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on Nov. 11, at all restaurants nationwide.  Red Robin will also reward its military Red Robin Royalty members with a 20 percent discount from Nov. 12 to Dec. 31.
  • Outback Steakhouse is offering a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage. Members of the Military Mates program can also save 15% off their check from Nov. 12 to Dec. 31.
  • On The Border is offering a free “Create Your Own Combo” on Nov. 11.
  • Bonefish Grill will provide complimentary Bang Bang Shrimp to all active and retired service members with a valid military ID on Nov. 11.
  • Applebee's will offer veterans a free meal from a special menu on Veterans Day.
  • Denny's will offer a free "Build Your Own Grand Slam" from 5 a.m. to noon on Nov. 11.
  • Cracker Barrel: Free dessert on Veterans Day.
  • Hooters: Free entree on Nov. 11.
  • IHOP: Free order of red, white and blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 11.
  • Little Caesar's: Free Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 11.
  • Olive Garden: Free entree and 10% off for family members at the table on Nov. 11.
  • Twin Peaks: Free Philly cheese steak or chicken tender basket on Nov. 11.
  • Red Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert from Nov. 9 to 12.
  • Firebirds: Free lunch or dinner entree on Nov. 11.
  • Chili's: Free entree on Nov. 11.
  • Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch on Nov. 11.

Special offers

  • In honor of Veterans Day, Food Lion stores will offer a 10 percent discount to active, retired and honorably discharged military personnel to show their support and appreciation for those who are serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces. To receive the discount, active military, veterans and their families should present their MVP card at checkout and request the discount. Customers will then receive 10 percent off their entire grocery bill on Nov. 11. 

Donation opportunities

  • Bi-Lo shoppers can purchase a $1 dedication card from Nov. 2 to Nov. 15. Shoppers can write personal messages to their own military heroes that will be placed on the Wall of Honor in the stores. All money raised through the Wall of Honor promotion will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project Independence Program.
  • Beef Jerky Outlets are collecting jerky donations on Veterans Day to send to active duty troops serving overseas. Officials for the stores said beef jerky is a favorite snack for the troops.

Greenville events

  • Greenville County Veterans Affairs and the Greenville Joint Veterans Council will host a Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. in front of the Veterans Memorial at County Square
  • Greenville Hospital System Veteran’s Day Ceremony: Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. outside of the main entrance to Greenville Memorial Hospital.
  • The West End Premier Car Wash, located at 910 Pendleton Street in Greenville, will offer a free car wash, valued at $20, on Nov. 11.
  • League Academy at 125 Twin Lake Road will kick off a Veteran's Day event at 8 a.m. Nov. 11. Activities begin with a breakfast. Veterans will speak about their experiences and war artifacts will be on display. There will be a brief video for students featuring testimonies from World War II veterans who fought and were captured. League Academy’s Chorus and band will perform a patriotic tribute. Parents and grandparents and all veterans are welcome to attend. 
  • The Upcountry History Museum will offer free admission to veterans and active military on Nov. 11 Veterans Day festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. with the a presentation of colors and keynote address. Festivities continue with book discussions, history workshops, a Korean War Veterans Forum, film screenings and a children's scavenger hunt throughout the day.
  • Greenville Technical College will host a Veteran's Day programs at 12:30 and 1 p.m. in the Auditorium of Building 102 on the main campus on Pleasantburg Drive.

Spartanburg events

  • Retired Rear Admiral Harry Rittenour will speak at USC Upstate at 2 p.m. in Tukey Theatre. His career included two tours in Vietnam, commanding a control ship in the Persian Gulf, and a position on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. Artwork created by inmates at the Spartanburg County Detention Center honoring veterans will also be on display in Tukey Theatre.
  • The city of Spartanburg's Veterans Day parade will begin at 4 p.m. The rote starts at Mount Moriah Baptist Church and ends at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.
  • The Spartanburg Humane Society is offering special adoption fees for veterans on Nov. 11 during their "Pets for Vets" event. The adoption fee will be $11.11 for all dogs over four mounts, $5 for cats and kittens, and $100 for puppies.

Simpsonville events

  • 4,400 American flags were placed on the Simpsonville Honors Flag Field ahead of the Nov. 8 Veterans Day Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Main Street. The flags will be on display for two weeks.
  • Dentist Kristina Hapney and the team at Five Forks Dental Care, Inc at 2833 Woodruff Road in Simpsonville will provide free dental care for veterans from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 14. Veterans must be a Greenville or Spartanburg County resident. Call 864-289-0289 for an appointment time. Limited spots are available for cleanings, X-rays, exams, gum disease treatment, denture adjustments, crowns, etc.  

Williamston events

  • Palmetto High School will host a Veterans Day program at 8:15 a.m. Afterwards the Cadet Corps will march to place a memorial wreath in Williamston.

Inman events

  • A Veterans Day parade will begin at the coroner of North Main and West Miller streets at 11 a.m.

Central events

  • A Veterans Day Chapel Service will be held at Southern Wesleyan University at 10 a.m.

Easley events

  • American Legion Post 52 will host a Veterans Day program at Robinson's Memorial Gardens in Easley on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

This list will be updated as more events are announced.

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