GREENSBORO, N.C. (WFMY)--Service, commitment and courage are all common traits of service members. Every November, those across the country extend their gratitude to these noble men and women.
Veterans don't ask for a ton, but we commonly recognize them through big gestures and simple thank yous in the form of a parade, a reception or just a hot meal.
We've made a list of events and freebies for veterans in the Triad ahead of Veterans Day:
VETERANS DAY PARADES
Greensboro (Guilford County)
Saturday, November 10. Parade starts at 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Route: Parade Route
- Parade begins at VF Corporation located on Lindsay St.
- Parade will proceed west on Lindsay to Greene St
- Parade will turn south on Greene St and follow to Friendly Ave
- Parade will turn east on Friendly Ave and follow to Elm St.
- Parade will turn north on Elm St and follow to Lindsay St
- Parade will turn east on Lindsay St and follow to disband area at Lindsay and Church.
High Point (Guilford County)
Sunday, November 11. Parade starts at 3:00 p.m. The High Point Veterans Day Parade begins on South Main Street at Russell and then goes North to Montlieu Avenue. Parking is available between Main Street and Elm Street. Bring the family and celebrate our heroes.
Graham (Alamance County)
Saturday, November 10. The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. Line up and start is on Parker Street and move down Main Street. Details and Map here.
Winston-Salem (Forsyth County)
Saturday, November 10. Events start at 9:00 a.m. Parade scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. Start location: The parade will start at Fourth and Broad streets, go east onto Fourth St. to Liberty St. to Corpening Plaza.
Asheboro (Randolph County)
Events for Veterans in Randolph County start Saturday, November 10 at the Field of Honor. Click here for more information.
Sunday, November 11. Parade scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m.
Eden (Rockingham County)
Tuesday, November 13. Parade starts at 9:00 a.m. at former Draper Elementary School. The building is located at: 1719 E. Stadium Drive in Eden/
Services and Programs
Wake Forest University will host a Veterans Day ceremony on Perritt Plaza, beside Reynolda Hall, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. Cadets, faculty and staff from the University’s “No Fear!” ROTC program will pay tribute to our nation’s heroes and veterans. Colonel Bradley O. Wood, U.S. Army Reserve, will speak at the ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.
A special Veterans Day ceremony will be held on Nov. 11 at the Carolina Field of Honor (Triad Park) at 2 p.m. The ceremony will be open to the public. The keynote speaker will be Mark Mortensen, author and World War I historian. Mortensen will speak on "The 100th Anniversary Of Armistice Day." The ceremony will feature color guards, special music, the laying of the wreath, taps and other commemorative activities. For more information, visit www.carolinafieldofhonor.org.
American Heroes for NC is hosting its second-annual veterans appreciation day luncheon on Friday, Nov. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the Koury Convention Center (banquet room D). This year, to mark the 100th armistice of WWI and celebrate Veterans Day, the organization has arranged to bring 33 WWII veterans to the luncheon. WFMY News 2's Meghann Mollerus will be emcee.
High Point University will hold a Veterans Day Celebration open to the public on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Millis Center at 8 a.m. The event includes a complimentary breakfast and patriotic salute. Ryan Manion, president of the Travis Manion Foundation and lifelong military supporter, will speak. To RSVP, go to www.highpoint.edu/veteransday.
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is hosting a Veteran’s Appreciation Day on Friday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Career Connections Center, 719 West Center Street, in Lexington with food, games and door prizes.
HARRY Veterans Community Outreach will hold the Veterans Day "After The Parade Open House" to serve lunch and hand out gift bags for service members. The event will be held at 897 Peters Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem on Saturday, Nov. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. Proof of service is required to get gift bags.
Davidson County Senior Services invites all Davidson County veterans 55 and older and their spouse to a free reception in their honor on Friday, Nov. 9. The "Honoring Our Heroes" reception will be held at First Baptist Church in Lexington from noon to 2 p.m. Lunch will be served. Preregistration is required by Nov. 5. To register, call (336) 242-2290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 100th Anniversary of the official end of World War I will be commemorated with a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at Wrenn-Miller Park in Jamestown Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. The ceremony will include a flag raising, a wreath laying, a flag retirement ceremony and more.
Cone Health will be honoring Veterans with a flag-raising ceremony Monday, Nov. 12 at their member hospitals at 9 a.m. They will feature a local color guard. The Page High School JROTC Color Guard will be at Moses Cone Hospital.Randleman High School will have its annual Veterans Day celebration on Friday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. in the school gym. All local veterans are welcome to attend. Veterans and their guests who plan to attend are asked to let the school know at (336) 498-2682. The Yadkin County Veterans Council will present a special program to honor all veterans on Monday, Nov. 12 at Yadkin County Park (behind the YMCA) at 11 a.m.The Alamance County Veterans Day parade will be Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. and go down Parker Street and Main Street in Graham. The Veterans Day Festival will follow the parade with vendors, food trucks, live bands, World War II memorabilia, military trucks, carnival rides, prizes and more!
The King American Legion Post 290 and Stokes County Arts Council will host a Veteran’s Day Celebration on Sunday, Nov. 11 at King Central Park, 302 Kirby Road in King. The festivities begin at 1:25 p.m. at the park amphitheater with a patriotic music prelude presented by the West Stokes High School Band under the direction of Ms. Lorena Schakel, followed at 2 p.m. with the Posting of Colors by the American Legion Post 290 Honor Guard.
Deals and Offers
On Nov. 11, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will be honoring military veterans by offering a complimentary piece of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake or a Crafted Coffee beverage, such as the signature Goo Goo Cluster Latte, Vanilla Latte, Caramel Latte and more, at all 656 store locations nationwide.
On Military Appreciation Night at Golden Corral, any persons who have served in the U.S. military are invited to a complimentary dinner buffet and beverage. This year, the 18th Annual Military Appreciation Night will be Monday, Nov. 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. More info here.
Veterans and active duty military personnel can enjoy a free 6-inch turkey sub and a regular size fountain drink at any Sheetz convenience store on Sunday, Nov. 11. Sheetz locations with car washes will also provide a free car wash to veterans and active duty military with a military ID or proof of service.
Veterans can get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam at participating Denny's on Monday, Nov. 12 from 5 a.m. to noon. The offer is valid for dine-in only and those participating must show a military ID.
Red Robin is giving veterans and active duty military members a free Red's Tavern Double Burger with bottomless steak fries at participating restaurants on Sunday, Nov. 11.
Burger Warfare will be giving away a free Double Standard Burger with Fries on Monday, November 11.
Darryl’s Wood Fired Grill will be giving away a choice of Darryl’s classic 10oz Prime rib with one side (while supplies last) OR Darryl’s Shrimp and grits.
Both will offer these specials all day to active, inactive and retired military with a valid ID. Dine in only.
Texas Roadhouse is giving veterans and active military members a free lunch on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Veterans can choose one of 10 entrees from a special Veterans Day menu
American Family Care Urgent Care Facilities will give a free flu shot to any veteran (with ID) on Sunday, Nov. 11.