This weekend we celebrate the Veterans who fought and served for our country. Veterans Day is recognized each year on November 11, coinciding with Armistice Day, which itself commemorated the end of fighting between the Allies and Germany in World War I. The armistice took effect in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

Things to do in Honor of Veterans Day:

The 5th Annual Howard County Veterans Day Parade will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. The Parade starts from Merriweather Post Pavilion, travels along Little Patuxent Parkway and end at the future site of the Howard County Veterans Monument at Lake Kittamaqundi. This year’s parade will feature marching bands, military units and lots of hometown heroes. Hosted by The Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families, Howard County Veterans Foundation, and Columbia Association. 

Manor Hill Brewing will be launching their new beer "I Got Your Six" on Monday, November 11th. The recipe was developed by Manor Hill's Assistant Brewer and former Marine Brandon Miller, alongside fellow Marines from Key Brewing in Baltimore and Old Line Fine Wine & Beer in Beltsville. "I Got Your Six" is an American Lager made with Red Wheat, White Rice and Blue Corn. It was then hopped w/ Liberty & Independence hops.  Proceeds from sales of this beer are being donated to help prevent veteran suicide. Manor Hill Tavern will be hosting a release event on Veterans Day with all day discounts available with military I.D.

The Columbia Jazz Band (CJB) will be performing a Salute to the Music of the Korean War Era on Nov. 10 at 3:30 PM in the Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, MD 21044. Musical selections include "Pennies from Heaven," "I'm Glad There Is You," "In a Small Hotel," & "Laura." Tickets are $15, but veterans and their family members get in free due to a generous grant from BG&E. Cash bar & snacks available for purchase.

With our close proximity to the nation's Capital and our rich history rooted in American tradition, Howard County is an ideal spot to explore the heritage of Maryland. The B&O Railroad Museum in Old Ellicott City is one of the oldest train stations in America. The destination of the first 13 miles of railroad in America, retrace the footsteps of soldiers both blue and grey along two-lane country roads to our 9 sites along Maryland Civil War Trails including Savage MillOakland Manor, and a one-room school built by returning US Colored Troops veterans. 

Veterans Day Deals and Free Meals

Maryland Science Center - Baltimore
Free admission to all current and former military members and a $2 discount to their guests.
7-Eleven
Get a free coffee or Big Gulp on Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day.
BJ’s Restaurant
On Veterans Day, all service members can enjoy a complimentary entree up to $14.95, plus a free Dr Pepper, by presenting a military ID or proof of service.
Bob Evans
Bob Evans Restaurants are offering free select menu items to Veterans and Active Duty Military on Veterans Day, Monn., Nov. 11.
Cici's Pizza
Free pizza buffet with valid active duty or retired military ID on 11/11/19.
Denny’s All You Can Eat Pancakes
All active, non-active or retired military personnel at all participating Denny’s restaurants nationwide will receive a free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast on Monday, Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. to noon. Diners must show ID to receive this offer.
Dunkin’ Donuts
On November 11, Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free donut at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide, no purchase necessary.
Famous Dave’s
On Nov. 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day all former and current military personnel will receive a free two meat Combo.
Glory Days Grill
Free appetizer or a regular order of boneless or grilled boneless wings on Veteran’s Day.
Houlihan’s
Receive a free entree from a select menu on Veteran’s Day 11/11 with proof of veteran status or active service in the military.
IHOP
All active duty and Veterans are invited to come in and enjoy Free Red, White, & Blue Pancakes on Monday, November 11, from 7 am to 7 pm.
Main Event
On Monday, November 11th all active-duty and retired U.S. military personnel can enjoy a free entrée from a special menu. Plus, all military personnel will receive 30 minutes of game play.
Mimi’s Cafe
On Veterans Day, with the purchase of a beverage, active duty military and veterans with a valid military ID can choose a a free breakfast, lunch, or dinner entree from a select menu.
Mission BBQ
Veterans and active duty will receive a free sandwich and slice of cake (while supplies lasts) on Veterans Day, 11/11/19.
Red Robin
All Veterans and Active Duty Military get a free dine-in Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Veterans Day 11/11.
Starbucks
On Veterans Day, active duty service members, reservists, veterans and military spouses are invited to enjoy a free Tall Brewed Coffee.

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