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Honoring Our Veterans

Posted on November 10, 2020 by agallagher


Every year we commemorate November 11th as Veterans Day, a day to honor all those who have served and those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day began when an armistice between Allied nations and Germany took effect on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in 1918. Seven months later, World War I would officially cease with the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. Twenty years later (1938), November 11th was officially signed as a national holiday.

There are many ways for us to honor those that have served, some as simple as a cup of coffee while we’re out. Some other ideas are writing letters to your local veterans; visiting a veteran; educate yourself and others about wars our veterans have served in; or even attend a ceremony.


Tomorrow (November 11, 2020), the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting its Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony. For those that can attend in person, the ceremony will be held at the Middletown State Veterans Cemetery, located at 317 Bow Lane, Middletown. The ceremony will be held at 2 pm.

For those unable to attend in person but would like to participate, the ceremony is also streaming live on ZOOM.

ZOOM Meeting ID: 986 7749 7482

Passcode: 3iaz2X

Additionally, there are various virtual Veterans Day Ceremonies, offered throughout the nation, so that you may have the opportunity to commemorate Veterans Day.


Another way to honor our veterans is by wearing a red poppy. The poppy flower has become synonymous with Veterans Day and gained recognition when Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae became inspired to write the poem “In Flanders Field.” Lieutenant Colonel McCrae was a Canadian soldier, so served as a brigade surgeon for an Allied artillery unit. While tending to the wounded in during the Second Battle of Ypres, he was awestruck by the sight of the bright red poppies throughout the carnage and went on to channel the voice of the fallen soldiers.


There are considered to be eight, great battlefield poets. If you’re interested in reading more on them click here.


Here are some other suggestions, from the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs, on honoring our veterans:


Throughout the country, restaurants are offering numerous discounts and free meals to our veterans and active duty service members. Please consider sharing the list below with the veterans and service members in your life, so that they may receive the offers given.

Below is a list of some select Connecticut Veterans Day (2020) offers. I’ve also provided a link to the list in its entirety; as well as, additional links for year-round offers including dining, tourism, and retail. Please note, I advise you check with individual establishment locations to ensure offers are honored.

Veterans Day Discounts and Meals at Restaurants 

Applebee’s – November 11, 2020

Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu at participating Applebee’s on November 11. Dine-in only. Visit the Applebee’s website for details.

California Pizza Kitchen – November 11, 2020

Veterans and active duty service members receive a free entry on Veterans Day. Please visit their website for details.

Chili’s Grill & Bar  November 11, 2020

All Veterans and active duty military personnel can get a free meal from a special menu on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at all participating Chili’s Grill and Bar restaurants. Available for in restaurant only. Please call ahead to your local Chili’s restaurant if you have any questions about your Veterans Day meals. Visit the Chili’s website for details.

Cracker Barrel – November 2020

Cracker Barrel will donate a $10 Cracker Barrel gift card to Operation Homefront for each Country Fried Turkey Family Meal Basket sold in the month of November (up to $50,000)*, and the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Foundation will make an additional $50,000 donation to Operation Homefront – totaling up to $100,000 to support military families this holiday season. Additionally, on Veterans Day – Wednesday, Nov. 11, Cracker Barrel will offer all U.S. military veterans a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake when dining at any Cracker Barrel location nationwide.

Denny’s – November 12, 2020

All Veterans and active duty service members with a valid military ID or DD 214 receive a free Build Your Own Grand Slam at participating Denny’s locations on November 12, 2020, from 5 am to noon. Visit the Denny’s website for details.

Golden Corral – November 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020

Active and former military members who have served in the US Military can pick up a promotional card during the month of November, redeemable for a FREE thank you meal. Promotional cards can be redeemed through May 31, 2020. Please visit their website for details.

IHOP – November 11, 2002

Free Red, White and Blue pancakes. Veterans and Active/Reserve service members are invited with family and friends to make to-order breakfast at IHOP on Wednesday, November 11, which includes a free pancake offer till 7 p.m.

Red Lobster – November 11, 2020

Veterans and active duty military can receive a free appetizer or dessert from a select menu on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, with a valid military ID or proof of service. The offer will be available for dine-in only. Please contact your nearest Red Lobster for details.

Red Robin – November 11, 2020

Veterans and active duty military who are Red Robin Royalty members are being offered a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries anytime between Nov. 11-30 for dine-in or to-go. Visit the Red Robin website for details.

Veterans Day Discounts for Haircuts 

Great Clips  November 11, 2020

Veterans and current military members can visit a U.S. Great Clips salon on November 11 to receive either a free haircut that day or the free haircut card to use at a later date. Visit the Great Clips website for details.

Veterans Day discounts for health and wellness

True Rest Float Spa  November 11, 2020

Free True Rest Float Spa float session for active duty military and Veterans. Visit the True Rest website for details.

Veterans Day discounts in Retail

Bed Bath and Beyond  November 11, 2020

Active Duty U.S. military, Veterans and military spouses will receive 25% off your entire in-store shopping cart on November 11, 2020. Call or visit your nearest location for details.

Carhartt – Every Day

Verified members of the military receive 25% off. Please visit their website for details.

Office Depot Office Max – November 11-13, 2020

Veterans, active duty service members, retirees, reservists and their dependents receive 25% off qualifying purchases in store, with a valid military ID. Please visit their website for details.

Samsung – November 6-11, 2020

Active-duty service members and Veterans who sign up for Samsung’s Military Discount Program can receive an additional 10% on smartphones, tablets, wearables, accessories and PCs; additional $50 eCertificate and free phone case when you purchase a smartphone; 10% off select home appliances. Please visit their website for details.

7-Eleven – November 11, 2020

Active-duty, retired, Veteran, guard reservists and family members who are Veterans Advantage and 7Rewards members, can receive a free coffee of Big Gulp on Veterans Day. Please contact your nearest location or visit their website for details.

Target – November 1-11, 2020

Target is offering all U.S. active-duty military personnel, Veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off the guest’s full basket. To receive the offer, guests must first demonstrate eligibility by registering at After eligibility has been verified, an exclusive, one-time use 10% Target Circle offer will be available for the guest to use in-store or online.

Walgreens – November 11-15, 2020

20% off in store purchases, offer valid for Veterans, military and their families from 11/11 thru 11/15/20, with Balance® Rewards card or my Walgreens™ and proof of service. In-store offer only valid in Walgreens or Duane Reade stores

Active duty, reserve and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces may visit World of Coca-Cola free of charge every day. Tickets may be purchased at the attraction’s ticketing windows when members present their valid Armed Forces ID. Please visit their website for details.

Nationwide Veterans Discounts

Military Discounts List

Connecticut Military Discounts


Whether we know them personally, or not, veterans have touched each-and-every one of our lives. I urge that all of us find a way that we can each honor the veterans in our lives, today, tomorrow, and every day forward.

“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” – Alexander Hamilton



State Representative Stephen Harding, 107th Connecticut General Assembly District
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