Events commemorating the Veterans Day holiday around the region:
Free Veterans Day Meal - Denny’s – Free Build Your Own Grand Slam to active, nonactive and retired military. Dine-in only. Today, 5 a.m.-noon, various locations are participating.
Free State Parks Day – A Discover Pass is not required to visit a Washington state park today; a Discover Pass will still be required to access lands managed by the Washington state Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Applebee’s Free Meals For Veterans – Veterans and active-duty service members can choose a dish from Applebee’s free “Thank You Meal” menu today. There will be seven entrees to choose from, beverage and gratuity not included. Military ID or proof of service required. For more information and a list of locations, visit www.applebees.com.
Welcome Home! A Community Tribute to All Veterans – Guests include Col. Brian McDaniel, wing commander, Fairchild Air Force Base; and Spokane Mayor David Condon. Keynote address presented by retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James McCoy. Also featured will be Mt. Spokane High School Marching Band, Spokane Brass Works, vintage aircraft and other military displays. Doors open at noon; celebration at 1 p.m. today, Felts Field, Historic Northwest Airlines Hangar, 6105 E. Rutter Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 953-3780.
Free Haircut for Veterans – Customers may come into any Great Clips salon today and with the purchase of a service, receive a free haircut card to give to a veteran to be used through December.
Free Meal on Veterans Day at Chili’s – Today all military veterans past and present will have their choice of one of seven meals during the dinner hour, or any lunch combo during lunch. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active-duty military simply show proof of military service. Visit www.chilis.com to find locations.
Free Meals on Veterans Day - Old European – Old European will offer free meals for active and retired military in observance of Veterans Day today, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., 7640 N. Division St. (509) 467-5987.
Free Meals on Veterans Day - Little Euro – Free meals for active and retired military in observance of Veterans Day, today, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Little Euro, 517 N. Pines Road, Spokane Valley. (509) 891-7662.
Veterans Day Ceremony: Honoring Those Who Served – Welcome and introductions at 10 a.m. Master of ceremonies is Nick Sangil (USMC veteran); Presentation of Colors by Joint Military Color Guard, various speakers. Doors open at 9 a.m. The Veterans Display on the concourse will be available for viewing immediately following the ceremony until noon. Today, Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. Free. (509) 279-7000.
Hayden Veterans Day Parade and Award Ceremony – Eighth annual event features a parade at 10:15 a.m. with a route south on Government Way to Hayden Avenue to Nita Avenue. Staff Sgt. Herbert “Bud” C. Kirchhoff will be honored in a ceremony at Hayden City Hall. Today, 10:15 a.m., 8930 N. Government Way, Hayden. Free. (208) 209-1080.
Veterans Day Service – Prayer and healing service today, 3 p.m., Messiah Lutheran Church, 4202 N. Belt St. Free. (509) 327-4446.
Choreteur – Special Veterans Day choral concert to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, today, 7 p.m., St. Joseph Church, 1503 W. Dean Ave. Donation. (509) 276-2605.
Veterans Day Concert - Pullman – The Community Band of the Palouse will honor military veterans with a concert featuring a selection titled “The American Veteran,” by Jonathan LaFlamme, with guest narrator retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Carleton B. Waldrop. The band will also pay tribute to the birthdays of Adolph Sax, inventor of the saxophone, John Philip Sousa and the U.S. Marine Corps. Special guests include the Air Force ROTC Honor Guard and the Quad-City Saxophone Ensemble. More information is available at the band website: http://palouseband.org. Today, 7 p.m., Gladish Building, Domey Auditorium, 115 N.W. State St., Pullman. Free; accepting canned foods for the food bank. (509) 334-6270.
Gathering of the Bands Salutes Our Veterans – Featuring the North Idaho College Wind Symphony and area middle school students. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., NIC’s Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-7764.
National Veterans Day Run – The second annual National Veterans Day Run: 11K, 5K and a 1-mile family and supporter walk/run. Start and finish in the Clocktower Meadow. Packet pickup begins at 7 a.m., followed by a prerace Veterans Day ceremony at 8 a.m. Saturday, Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. Cost: adults, $15-50; veterans/active members of the military, $11-30; military spouses/teens, $5-40; supporter, $5; free for children 12 and younger. (817) 944-3573.
Golden Corral Military Appreciation Monday – Monday, 5-9 p.m., all Golden Corral locations will host an annual Military Appreciation dinner. Any person who has ever served in the U.S. military can receive a free dinner and beverage. For more information, visit www.goldencorral.com/military. 7117 N. Division St.
The Welcome: A Public Listening – A group of veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder will present their stories to the Spokane community through works of music and visual and performance art. The result of a four-day retreat hosted by Warrior Songs that introduces veterans to multiple artistic mediums, this culminating event gives the public an opportunity to witness impactful art pieces and performances, all the while forming a valuable support group and audience for veterans to share their stories through art. Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Drive. Free. (518) 878-8579.
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