Veterans Day: it’s a day when we honor the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces, and while many Americans might simply be glad to take this day off, what better way to say “thank you” to our troops than to participate in one of the many activities being held throughout the Southland?
Free Stuff for Veterans/Active Service
Knott’s Berry Farm
Today through Nov. 25, Knott’s Berry Farm will host the 20th Annual Salute To Our Armed Forces at 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620. Free admission for Veterans/Military Personnel and one guest with current military ID or proof of U.S. military service. Military personnel may purchase up to six additional tickets for $15.00 per ticket. Eligible person MUST be present.
Locations in Southern California and throughout the U.S. will distribute Hugo canes free of charge to military veterans in need of mobility assistance. Limited quantities available only while supplies last. Sam’s Club membership is not required, although proof of military service may be required.
Lowe’s and Home Depot
Home Depot and Lowe’s are offering discounts of 10% to active duty service members, reservists, retirees, veterans and their immediate family members with proof of military service on purchases up to $2,000 for Home Depot and $5,000 for Lowe’s.
LA County Golf Courses
50% discount on Green Fees for veterans with proper military identification at all Los Angeles County operated Golf Courses. Tournament play is not eligible for discount.
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar Restaurants
Annual Veterans Appreciation event offering a free meal for active duty military and veterans. Proof of military service is strongly encouraged. For more information visit applebees.com.
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
Krispy Kreme is offering free doughnuts to all Veterans and active military personnel. Military ID may be required.
Subway is offering free six inch subs to all Veterans or Active Duty members with proper military ID.
Chili’s is offering a free meal (beverage and gratuity not included) to all veterans or active duty personnel with proof of military service.
Veteran’s Day Activities
Here are a list of events and activities going on in and around LA:
The Salvation Army 7th Annual Veterans Appreciation Day Event
5600 Rickenbacker Rd., Bldg 2AB
9:00am – 2:00pm
The event will include health screenings, guest speakers, legal services, raffles, prizes and food.
Artesia’s Annual Veterans Day Celebration
Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base and Southeast Academy
18750 Clarkdale Avenue
4th Annual “Honor A Hero, Hire A Vet “ Career Expo and Resource Fair
Proud Bird Event Center
11022 Aviation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
10:00am – 3:00pm
9:00 am – City of Duarte in collaboration with the American Legion Post 44 located in Monrovia is sponsoring a Veterans Day Ceremony at Thorenson Park 2800 Huntington Drive at Encanto Parkway in Duarte.
10:00 am - Veterans Day Ceremony at Lancaster Cemetery, 111 East Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA 93535.
10:00 am – 2:00 pm Veterans Burial Benefit Informational Open House at Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049.
10:30 am – The “Gumpathon “will arrive in Santa Monica and participate in the Santa Monica Pier Route 66 Veterans Day Celebrations. The Gumpathon team, a group of six men from Britain’s Royal Marines and the US Marine Corps will have completed an epic 8 week coast to coast run across America (inspired by the movie Forrest Gump) to raise funds for injured service men and women. For more information call (862) 571-1345.
10:30 am – The City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America will host a ceremony to honor veterans in the band shell at Memorial Park, corner of Walnut & Raymond in Pasadena. The program will include live music and singing by the John Muir High School band and choir, posting of the colors by the PUSD combined JROTC color guard, bugle demonstration by Boy Scouts Venturing Crew 561, and flyover.
11:00 am – Veterans Day Ceremony at Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary, 808 East Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA 93535.
11:00 am – City of Cerritos Veterans Day Ceremony at the Cerritos Civic Center (near the Veterans Memorial), 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, CA 90703. For more information call (562) 860-0311.
11:00 am – The City of Malibu and the Chamber of Commerce will host the 11th Annual Veterans Day Public Ceremony at Malibu’s Bluff Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway (at Malibu Canyon Road and PCH). For more information call the Chamber of Commerce (310) 456-9025.
11:00 am – City of Monterey Park and American Legion Post 397 will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the City’s War Memorial in front of City Hall, 320 W. Newark Avenue.
11:00 am – Veterans Day Ceremony at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, 2200 E. Avenue S, Palmdale, CA 93550.
11:00am – City of West Hollywood Veterans Day Ceremony at Sal Guarriello Veterans Memorial in Holloway Park located at the intersection of Holloway Drive and Santa Monica Blvd. Free parking is available at Kings Road Parking Structure, 8383 Santa Monica Blvd. For more information call (323) 848-6503 or TTY for the deaf and hard of hearing at (323) 848-6496.
11:00 am – City of Norwalk Veterans Day Ceremony, City Hall Lawn, Patriots Concourse, 12700 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90651.
11:00 am – Annual Veterans Day Ceremony, McCambridge Park War Memorial (corner of San Fernando Road and Amherst Drive). For more information call (818) 238-5300.
11:00 am – 51st Annual Veterans Day Ceremony, Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills — Forecourt of the Birth of Liberty, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90068.
11:00am – City of Santa Clarita Veterans Day Ceremony, Veterans Historical Plaza in Old Town Newhall, 24275 North Walnut Street. For more information, please call (661) 286-4018 or visit santa-clarita.com.
11:00 am – The Azusa Veterans Memorial Committee will sponsor a Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony on the front lawn of the Azusa City Hall, 213 E. Foothill Blvd.
11:00 am – Huntington Beach Veterans Day Ceremony, Huntington Beach Pier Plaza. For more information contact Robert Davis, The American Legion Post 133, (714) 377-9771
11:00 am – City of Alhambra Veterans Day Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Wall Alhambra Park, 500 N. Palm Avenue, Alhambra. For more information call (626) 576-9584.
11:11 am – 7th Annual San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade will begin at San Fernando Mission Blvd. and Laurel Canyon Blvd. in Mission Hills. The parade will culminate at the Ritchie Valens Recreation Center and Park, 10736 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Pacoima, CA 91331 where a street carnival will be held.
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Dedication of the Veterans Services Center and Heritage Park at the Joint Forces Training Base, 11200 Lexington Drive, Los Alamitos, CA 90720. For more information contact Capt. Aaron Tom, (562) 795-2746.
2:00 pm – City of Redondo Beach Veterans Day Service and Dedication of the new Redondo Beach Senior Center at Veterans Park 300 Esplanade ( corner of Torrance Blvd. and Catalina near The Pier) Redondo Beach, CA 90277. For more information contact Pamela Ament (310) 372-1171 ext. 4561, John Simpson (310) 433-0208 or Karen Buchanan (208) 473-6626.
4:00pm – 10:00pm – Outback Steakhouse’s nationwide will offer a free Bloomin’ Onion and one non-alcoholic beverage to all veterans and active duty military personnel with proper service ID.
5:30 pm – City of Hermosa Beach Veterans Day Commemoration at Hermosa Beach Veterans Memorial located at the Community Center East Lawn corner of Pier Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. For more information call (310) 318-0280 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7:00 pm – 10:00pm – The United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance (USVAA) will host a free Book Reading featuring works by veterans and read by veterans at Pete Valdez AMVETS Post 2, 10858 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230. Seating is limited, contact Keith (310) 559-2116 or Ray (310) 462-3654 for reservations.
9:00 pm – KOCE TV (Public Television station in Orange County and seen throughout Southern California) will air the film “Voices of a Never Ending Dawn”. This is the story about one of the most decorated units in WW II emphasizing the sacrifices they made for the freedoms we enjoy daily.