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  • VETERANS DAY SALUTE - Discounts and Freebies on VETERANS DAY

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    (sorry for not posting this info a lot sooner, please forgive me, spread the word; thanks much)

    The following is a list of Veterans Day discounts on restaurants, goods, services and events for 2014.

    All of the following discounts have been confirmed for 2014, either through press release or direct communication with the company.

    2014 Veterans Day Restaurant Offerings

    2014 Veterans Day Travel & Recreation Discounts

    2014 Veterans Day Retailer Offerings

    2014 Veterans Day Events

    Giving Back

    Keep in mind that most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a VA Universal Access Card, Military I.D., DD-214 (Discharge Papers), Veterans Service Organization Card (VSO's include groups like the VFW, DAV, AmVets, MOAA, FRA, and the American Legion), or in some cases businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform.

    Note: Not all franchise locations participate in their national chain's Veterans Day programs -- be sure contact your nearest establishment to make sure they are participating.

    2014 Veterans Day Restaurant Offerings:

    54th Street Grill -- Veterans and active duty military get a free meal (up to $12) on November 11.

    Applebee’s -- Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu, on November 11.

    Bakers Square-- Veterans and active duty military get a free breakfast on November 11.

    Bar Louie – On November 10 and 11, veterans and active military personnel get a free meal up to a $12 value.

    Bob Evans -- Veterans and active military personnel receive free all-you-can-eat hotcakes on November 11.

    *NEW* Boston Market – Boston Market is offering a free individual dessert with individual meal purchase on November 11 with military ID.

    California Pizza Kitchen – Veterans and active military receive a complimentary entrée from a special menu on November 11.

    Carlo’s Bakery -- Veterans and active service members get a free large cannoli on November 11.

    Carrabba’s – All active and retired veterans get a free appetizer November 8 through 11.

    Cattlemens – Active, inactive, and retired military personnel get a free Small Sirloin Steak Dinner on November 11.

    CentraArchy Restaurants – Veterans and active duty service members get a free entrée and 25% off to their accompanied family and friends on November 11 at participating restaurants.

    Cheeseburger in Paradise -- Active and retired military personnel receive a complimentary All-American Burger with fries on November 11.

    *NEW* Chophouse & Tavern -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary craft beer on November 11.

    Chuck E. Cheese's – Veterans and active duty military get 20 free tokens from November 9 through November 15.

    City Barbeque – All veterans get a free sandwich platter on November 11.

    Claim Jumper -- On November 10, all Claim Jumper locations will provide veterans with a complimentary meal from a special menu.

    Coffee Beanery -- Veterans and active duty military get a free tall cup of coffee on November 11 at participating locations.

    Cracker Barrel -- Veterans get a complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert during lunch and dinner on November 11.

    Denny’s -- Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on November 11, from 5 a.m. to noon at participating locations.

    East Coast Wings & Grill -- Veterans get a free appetizer or a free dessert on November 11. Offer good with a minimum purchase of $10.

    Famous Dave’s -- On November 11, former and active military receive a free One Meat Salute at participating locations from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.

    Figaro’s Pizza -- Veterans and active duty service members get a complimentary medium 1-topping pizza on November 11.

    Fire and Ice – Veterans, active duty and their families get a free lunch or dinner on November 11.

    Friendly’s – Friendly’s is treating veterans and active military to a free breakfast, lunch or dinner from a limited menu on Veterans Day, November 11.

    Golden Corral -- Golden Corral Restaurants' Military Appreciation Monday free dinner will be available on November 17, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.

    *NEW* Gordon Biersch -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary craft beer on November 11.

    Greene Turtle -- Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a select menu on November 11 at participating locations.

    Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream -- Veterans and active duty military get a free single scoop ice cream cone on November 11 at participating locations.

    Hooters – Veterans and active duty military get a free meal up to $10.99 in value with a drink purchase at participating locations on November 11.

    IHOP -- On November 11, participating IHOP Restaurants offer veterans and active duty military free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    JJ’s Red Hots – Veterans and active duty military get with an unlimited free meal on November 11.

    Krispy Kreme – Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut and small coffee to all veterans on Tuesday, November 11 at participating locations.

    Krystal -- Active and retired military receive a free Krystal Sausage Biscuit from 6 AM to 10:30 AM on November 11.

    *NEW* LaMar’s Donuts -- Veterans and active duty military get a free donut and 12 oz. coffee at participating locations from 6:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on November 11.

    Lone Star Steakhouse -- On November 11, active duty, reserve and retired service members get a free appetizer.

    LongHorn Steakhouse – Veterans and current service members receive a complimentary Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcoholic beverage from a select menu on November 11.

    Max & Erma's – On November 11, participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering veterans and active military personnel a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo meal.

    McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants -- On November 9, participating McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants will offer a complimentary entree to veterans from a special menu.

    Menchi's -- All veterans and active duty will receive a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt on November 11.

    MOD Pizza -- Veterans and active duty military get a free individual, artisan-style pizza or hand-tossed salad on November 11.

    *NEW* O’Charley’s – Veterans and active duty service members get a free $9.99 entrée on November 11.

    *NEW* Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary craft beer on November 11.

    Olive Garden – On November 11, all veterans and current service members get a free meal from a limited menu.

    On the Border -- Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free meal from the “Create Your Own Combo menu” on November 11.

    Orange Leaf -- Retired and active duty military get a free cup of froyo on November 11.

    Outback Steakhouse – All active and former service members receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage on November 11. Outback is also offering active and former service members 15% off their meals Nov. 12 through Dec. 31.

    Petro Stopping Centers -- On November 11, all CDL drivers who are military veterans eat free at participating full-service restaurants.

    Pie Five Pizza -- Active duty, reserve and retired service members get a free customized pizza on November 11.

    Pinnacle Entertainment -- Veterans and active duty military get a free meal at select casinos on November 11.

    Pizza Factory -- Veterans get a free lunch special or a free lunch buffet on November 11.

    *NEW* Pizza Schmizza -- Veterans and active duty service members get a free slice of pizza on November 11, between 1 and 4 p.m.

    Red Hot & Blue -- Veterans receive a free entrée with the purchase of a second entrée on November 10, 11 and 12. Coupon required.

    Red Lobster -- Veterans, retired and active-duty military personnel receive a complimentary appetizer from a limited menu from November 10 to November 13.

    Red Robin – Veterans and active duty military get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on November 11.

    *NEW* Rock Bottom -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary craft beer on November 11.

    Ruby Tuesday -- Veterans, active duty and reserve service members get a free appetizer on November 11.

    Shoney's -- Shoney's will be offering a free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty service members on Tuesday, November 11.

    Sizzler -- Sizzler offers active duty and veteran military members a free lunch from a limited menu on Tuesday, November 11 until 4 p.m.

    Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill -- Veterans and active duty get a free meal from a select menu on November 11.

    Spaghetti Warehouse – On November 11, buy one entrée and get the second entrée free. Coupon required.

    Starbucks -- Veterans, active duty service members and spouses get a free tall coffee on November 11 at participating locations.

    *NEW* Texas Corral – Active duty service members and veterans receive a free entrée on November 11.

    Texas Land & Cattle -- On November 11, active duty, reserve and retired service members get a free appetizer.

    Texas Roadhouse -- Texas Roadhouse locations nationwide will offer veterans a free lunch on November 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Offer is good for active duty, retired or former U.S. military.

    TGIFridays -- Veterans and active duty military get a free lunch from a select menu on November 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop – Active duty military and veterans receive a free donut all day long on November 11.

    *NEW* Tony Roma’s – Veterans and active military personnel receive a free draft beer on November 11 at participating locations.

    Travel Centers of America -- On November 11, all CDL drivers who are military veterans eat free at participating full-service restaurants.

    Tubby's -- Veterans and active duty military members get a free small Grilled Steak N' Cheese or Tubby's Famous Sub on November 11.

    *NEW* Tucanos Brazilian Grill – Past and current military receive a free shrimp skewer November 8 through 11. They are also offering a Veteran Card on those dates that gives 25% off 4 Churrasco Meals.

    Village Inn -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a free breakfast on Tuesday, November 11 from a select menu at participating locations.

    Wayback Burgers – Veterans and active duty military get a free Wayback Classic Cheeseburger with purchase of any side and any drink on November 11.

    *NEW* Woody’s Bar-B-Q -- Veterans get a gift certificate for a free entrée with purchase of an entrée on November 11.

    Zoes Kitchen – Active duty military and veterans get a free entrée, and family members get 10% off on November 11.

    2014 Veterans Day Travel and Recreation Discounts:

    24 Hour Fitness -- Service members receive a weekend of complimentary workouts at clubs nationwide November 8 – 11.

    9/11 Memorial and Museum -- Veterans will receive free Museum admission from November 7 to November 11.

    Army Corp of Engineers Recreation Areas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on November 11.

    *NEW* Boston Bruins – In conjunction with Military Appreciation Night on Monday, November 10, all military will receive 20% off at the ProShop and all Fan Zone locations on the night of the game.

    Busch Gardens -- Veterans and active duty military can get 50% off single-day admission tickets through November 11.

    Colonial Williamsburg – Active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their direct dependents receive free Colonial Williamsburg admission for Veterans Day weekend (November 7–11).

    CSI: The Experience -- Active and retired military receive 50% off admission on November 11 at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Family members accompanied by a veteran will also receive the discount.

    Fairfax County Park Authority – Veterans and their immediate family members get complimentary RECenter admission on November 11.

    Harley-Davidson Museum -- The Harley-Davidson Museum is offering free admission to military members and families on November 8, 9, and 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

    Jefferson Lines-- Jefferson Lines offers free travel to veterans on November 11.

    Kingsmill Resort – Veterans and active duty military enjoy a 25% discount off regular room rates on stays from November 7 to 13.

    Knotts Berry Farm -- Knott's Berry Farm is offering free admission for veterans and active duty military personnel and one guest from November 2, 2014 to January 4, 2015.

    Mariners’ Museum -- Active duty and retired military, veterans and their families receive $5 off admission price November 8 to November 11.

    Mohegan Sun -- Mohegan Sun offers active and retired military members a special hotel $99.00 room rate available from November 10 to November 13.

    Mount Vernon -- All active duty, former, or retired military personnel are admitted for free on Veterans Day, November 11.

    National Parks -- On Veterans Day, November 11, veterans will have access to over 100 National Parks that require entrance fees for free.

    Professional Association of Innkeeping International -- Inns and B&Bs throughout the country will open their doors to thank veterans for their service on Monday, November 10 and Tuesday, November 11 with free or discounted stays.

    Queen Mary -- The Queen Mary offers free admission to active service members, retired military personnel, veterans and special discounts for their family members on November 11.

    Red Roof Inn - Red Roof Inn is offering 15% off stays in the month of November to veterans, active duty military and their families.

    SeaWorld -- Veterans and active duty military can get 50% off single-day admission tickets through November 11.

    Sesame Place -- Veterans and active duty military can get 50% off single-day admission tickets through November 11.

    Shark Reef Aquarium -- All active and retired military personnel receive $10 general admission November 7 through 11. Each veteran can bring up to 4 dependents using this offer.

    Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat -- All active and retired military personnel receive complimentary admission from November 7 to 16. Family members receive a $5 discount.

    Southampton Inn – Veterans get a special $100 nightly rate for any stay between November 7 and November 13.

    Tennessee Valley Authority -- Veterans camp for free at a TVA campsite November 7-11.

    Westgate Resorts -- Starting November 11, the first 1,500 eligible service members who complete the online military appreciation form will receive a complimentary three-day, two-night vacation. Veterans who don’t qualify are eligible for a 25% discount.

    World of Coca-Cola -- Active duty, reserves and retirees get free admission, and November 8 through November 16, members of the Armed Forces may also purchase up to four half-price general admission tickets for their friends and family.

    2014 Veterans Day Retailer Offerings:

    Barnes and Noble -- Veterans, active duty military members and their families get a 15% discount on all Barnes and Noble Devices on November 11. In-store only.

    Bass Pro Shops -- Active duty and retired military can receive a 10% discount off regularly priced merchandise on November 11.

    Bed Bath and Beyond – Veterans, active duty, Reserves, Guard and spouses get 20% off their entire purchase November 8 through 11.

    *NEW* Brooks Brothers – Active duty military and veterans get 25% off in-store purchases now through November 11.

    Buy Buy Baby – Veterans, active duty, Reserves, Guard, DoD and spouses get 20% off their entire purchase November 8 through 11.

    Carmike Cinemas – Military members with an ID get a free small popcorn with a ticket purchase on November 11.

    Commissaries – In honor of Veterans Day, commissaries are collaborating with their industry partners to offer savings through in-store sales promotions including high-value coupons and other discounts beyond the everyday savings.

    Dell – Former and current members of the military save an extra 15% on PCs and tablets on November 11.

    Dollar General -- Active duty service members, veterans and their family get an 11% discount on qualifying purchases on November 11.

    Firestone Complete Auto Care --Between November 9 and 16, veterans and active duty personnel receive an additional 10% off the lowest advertised price of any automotive service.

    *NEW* Food Lion – Active duty, veterans and their families receive a 10% discount on November 11.

    Grace for Vets -- Car washes from around the world who join this program offer free car washes to veterans and service members on November 11.

    Great Clips – On November 11, customers who come in for a service can get a free haircut card to give to their favorite veteran. Veterans can also receive a free haircut or get the free haircut card. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.

    Grizzly Industrial -- Active, veteran and retired military personnel get 5% off all purchases from November 11-28.

    Harris Teeter – Active duty military personnel and veterans receive 11% off their entire purchase on November 11.

    Home Depot -- Home Depot offers a 10% discount to all veterans on Veterans Day November 11. Home Depot offers the 10% discount year round to for active duty and retirees.

    iPic Theaters -- Former and current military members get a free ticket on November 11.

    JCPenney -- Veterans, active duty, Guard, Reserves and family members receive an extra 20% off select apparel and 10% off select furniture in stores November 3-15 with coupon.

    Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores – Past and present service members and their families receive 20% off their total purchase November 7-11.

    Jockey -- Active duty military, veterans and their families get a 25% discount online November 7 - 11.

    Lowe's -- All veterans receive a 10% discount on Veterans Day, November 11. The offer is available in stores only.

    Massage Envy – Participating Massage Envy locations in the Chicago area are offering a complimentary 1-hour massage to active military and veterans on November 11.

    Publix -- Active and retired military personnel and their families get a 10% discount on November 11.

    Rack Room Shoes -- Military personnel and their dependents get a 10% discount off entire purchase on Veteran’s Day, November 11.

    Simon Premium Outlets – Find extra savings November 8-11 at some of your favorite stores.

    Sleep Number -- From October 14 through November 16, Sleep Number is providing special offers for current and past military personnel. Save $400-$700 on selected Sleep Number mattress sets.

    Sport Clips -- Participating locations are offering veterans and active duty service members free haircuts on November 11.

    Steve Madden -- Steve Madden offers everyone 20% off the entire purchase, and service members receive an additional 10% off on November 11.

    Tires Plus -- Between November 9 and 16, veterans and active duty personnel receive an additional 10% OFF the lowest advertised price of any automotive service.

    *NEW* TOPS -- Veterans and active military personnel get an 11% discount off of a total order on November 11.

    *NEW* Under Armour –Active duty, retirees, veterans and spouses get 15% off on all orders.

    Wheel Works -- Between November 9 and 16, veterans and active duty personnel receive an additional 10% OFF the lowest advertised price of any automotive service.

    World Market – Active duty, retirees, veterans, Reserves, Guard, DoD and spouses get 20% off entire purchase November 8-11.

    Wudy Werks -- Current and former military get a $20 discount for the entire month of November.

    2014 Veterans Day Events:

    9/11 Memorial and Museum -- The National September 11 Memorial & Museum will pay tribute to our country's veterans during a special five-day Salute to Service from November 7 to November 11. The organization is hosting a series of events and special programs for veterans and their families and the visiting public. Veterans will receive free Museum admission throughout the tribute.

    America's Parade -- Veterans are invited to march in this New York City parade on November 11. The theme for this year’s Parade is Land of the Free/Home of the Brave, in honor of the 200th Anniversary of the writing of the “Star Spangled Banner.”

    Cabela’s -- Cabela's hosts a Hometown Heroes event on Veterans Day, November 11 with an increased discount for military personnel as well as Law-Enforcement, Firefighters and Emergency Medical Service personnel.

    Letters from War: A Tribute to Veterans -- On November 7 at 7 PM, the Washington National Cathedral presents a 75-minute concert tribute featuring the U.S. Marine Corps Orchestra, Washington National Cathedral Choir and selections from American War Letters. This tribute event is free and open to the public with no ticketing required.

    National Veterans Day Ceremony -- The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held on November 11 at Arlington National Cemetery. It begins at 11:00 AM with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors.

    There are many national and state cemeteries throughout the country that may also be holding Veterans Day ceremonies.

    National Veterans Day Run -- The National Veterans Day Run on November 11 offers veterans and active duty military a reduced-rate entry into the race, as well as discounted rates to their spouses and children between 13 and 18 years of age.

    NFL Salute to Service – To honor Veterans Day, the NFL will donate $100 to each of its non-profit partners (the Pat Tillman Foundation, USO and Wounded Warrior Project) for every point scored during the 32 Salute to Service games.

    Giving Back:

    The following are organizations who are making a special effort to recognize Veterans Day by donating a portion of their sales to veteran causes or featuring special programs that give back to veterans during the month of November.

    AARP –From October 30 to November 13, get 20% off AARP membership dues, and when a new membership is purchased, AARP will use a portion of the dues to help provide RealPad™ computer tablets to veterans to help them stay connected.

    Applebee’s -- Applebee’s Thank You Movement asks friends, families and neighbors to submit stories on behalf of veterans or active duty military and their families who need items that would help improve their lives. Applebee’s will say thanks by fulfilling some of those needs.

    Baskin-Robbins -- On Veterans Day, Baskin-Robbins will donate 10 cents from each ice cream scoop sold in its U.S. locations to the USO, in honor of U.S. troops, military families and veterans.

    Boston Bruins – The Bruins honor local military members, veterans, and their families at Military Appreciation Night on Monday, November 10. Bruins players will each purchase $2,500 worth of tickets to the Bruins vs. Devils game to give to local military members and their families. There are many ways to get involved.

    Burger King -- Burger King Franchisees across the country will host a fundraiser to benefit the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Unmet Needs program during the month of November. Patrons of participating BURGER KING Restaurants are encouraged to donate $1 or more to the Unmet Needs program with the purchase of their meal. Click here for a list of participating restaurants.

    Cracker Barrel -- From November 1 to 11, 10% of Cracker Barrel retail sales on specific items will be donated to the USO and on Veterans Day, 10% of the sales price on all Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake enjoyed in the restaurant will be donated as well. Cracker Barrel will also offer a free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake to all dine-in veterans on Veterans Day, November 11.

    Hair Cuttery – This Veterans Day, Hair Cuttery is giving back to former service men and women through its Share-a-Haircut program. For every adult haircut purchased on November 11, a free haircut certificate will be donated back to a veteran. In each market, Hair Cuttery will partner with local veterans' organizations to reach those in need through the donation of haircut certificates.

    Heinz – Thank a veteran and Heinz will donate $1 for every Thank You e-card and $.57 for social media share to Wounded Warrior Project —up to $250,000. Plus your Thank You e-card will be added to their Gallery of Gratitude. Click here to create an e-card.

    Indiana Pacers – Pacers fans have access to Balcony Level tickets for $11 for 11 hours on November 11. Also, during this 11-hour promotion, every ticket in the Lower or Krieg DeVault Club Levels is $11 off the normal price. For every ticket sold via the Pacers 11/11 Promotion at Pacers.com/11, the “Pacers Cares” department will donate an additional ticket to an organization that supports military veterans.

    McDonald’s -- For the entire month of November, all 97 locally owned and operated McDonald’s of Hampton Roads restaurants will donate a portion of all sales of Big Mac and Quarter Pounder with Cheese Extra Value Meals to the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VAWWP).

    *NEW* Nashville Predators -- On Veteran’s Day, November 11, the Nashville Predators will honor the service of veterans, active-duty military members and first responders with several special in-game presentations and community relations activities. All money raised through the night’s special events will go to support local non-profits that provide assistance to veterans and members of the military, in addition to purchasing game tickets for the troops.

    National Veterans Day Run – The National Veterans Day Run takes place on November 11 with races throughout the country, and their National Charity Partner for 2014 is Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude will be onsite at each of the races to give care packages to all veterans and active duty military in attendance. (They also offer a military discount on entry fees.) Click here to register for a race.

    Outback Steakhouse -- To celebrate Outback's partnership with Folds of Honor, which helps to fund educational scholarships and assistance to family members of military heroes, Outback restaurants in select markets will be hosting Give Back Events on November 4 by donating 15% of each check (up to $5,000 per restaurant) to Folds of Honor.

    Starbucks -- For every Veterans Starbucks Card or eGift purchased between November 4 through 11, Starbucks will donate $5 to Onward Veterans, an initiative to support and empower veterans as they transition to civilian life.

    Uno Pizzeria & Grill-- To help support military families, UNO is hosting a Dough Raiser on Veterans Day in 96 locations to support Fisher House Foundation, which helps provide military families free housing close to a loved who is hospitalized for an illness, disease or injury. Click here for a list of participating locations and to download a voucher to present.

    The History of Veterans Day

    November 11, or what has come to be known as Veterans Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day - the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislature that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.' As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

    In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

    In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the last Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971.

    Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on November 11.

    Celebrating Veterans Day

    If the November 11 holiday falls on a non-workday -- Saturday or Sunday -- the holiday is observed by the federal government on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday). Federal government closings are established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. State and local government closings are determined locally, and non-government businesses can close or remain open as they see fit, regardless of Federal, state or local government operation determinations.

    United States Senate Resolution 143, which was passed on August 4, 2001, designated the week of November 11 through November 17, 2001, as "National Veterans Awareness Week." The resolution calls for educational efforts directed at elementary and secondary school students concerning the contributions and sacrifices of veterans.

    8 Ways to Express Appreciation on Veterans Day

    Veterans Day is an important day for showing appreciation to members of our military, past and present. If you're looking for an appropriate way to honor a veteran in your life, or would like to contribute in a way that's meaningful for veterans everywhere, here's a list of suggestions to start you off.

    1. Show Up

    Attend a Veterans Day event in your area -- not just a picnic with friends but an honest-to-goodness parade or service for veterans. Roy Rogers said, "We can't all be heroes; someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by." Veterans Day is a great opportunity to do just that.

    2. Donate

    There are a plethora of wonderful organizations who offer all manner of support, services and appreciation for our service members. Research which one you think best fits your intent at Charity Navigator.

    3. Fly a flag - correctly

    Veterans Day is a great opportunity to fly the flag! Just make sure you're observing the proper rules for display. Not sure exactly what those are?

    4. Ask someone about their service

    It seems like we all know someone who has served and Veterans Day is a great time to ask them about their service. Some questions to get started are: What did you do in the military? How long did you serve? What was your favorite moment in all your time in the service? Did anyone else in your family serve? Why did you choose to go into the service branch you did? Do not ask if they've killed anyone and should your veteran be a combat vet who is either unwilling to share or plainly states what they went through, be supportive without being intrusive. Sometimes you don't have to say anything, just listen and give them your full attention.

    5. Write

    if you know a veteran, write a simple postcard or e-card that recognizes them on Veterans Day. If you don't know a veteran, look up the closest military installation and send one there. Small acts of recognizing someone's service, even anonymously, are appreciated.

    6. Don't Confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day

    Veterans Day is a time to thank those who are serving or have served and are still with us. Memorial Day is to reflect and remember those who lost their lives in service to their country. Confusing the two or combining the two diminishes the importance of both.

    7. Visit a VA Hospital

    Find out what the policies are at your nearest VA hospital for interacting with patients or volunteering, and spend the day with a veteran. Many VA facilities will have events on Veterans Day or a special lunch you can help prepare. Even if you never interact with a veteran, helping at a facility is a way to give back.

    8. Get Outdoors with a Veteran

    Invite a veteran or a military family to explore a national park -- admission is free for all visitors on Veterans Day. Being outside helps improve physical and mental health, boosts emotional well-being, and is a great way to celebrate the day with a veteran.

    Veterans Day Proclamation

    For Veterans Day 2014

    Since the birth of our Nation, American patriots have stepped forward to serve our country and defend our way of life. With honor and distinction, generations of servicemen and women have taken up arms to win our independence, preserve our Union, and secure our freedom. From the Minutemen to our Post-9/11 Generation, these heroes have put their lives on the line so that we might live in a world that is safer, freer, and more just, and we owe them a profound debt of gratitude. On Veterans Day, we salute the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who have rendered the highest service any American can offer, and we rededicate ourselves to fulfilling our commitment to all those who serve in our name.

    Today, we are reminded of our solemn obligation: to serve our veterans as well as they have served us. As we continue our responsible drawdown from the war in Afghanistan and more members of our military return to civilian life, we must support their transition and make sure they have access to the resources and benefits they have earned. My Administration is working to end the tragedy of homelessness among our veterans, and we are committed to providing them with quality health care, access to education, and the tools they need to find a rewarding career. As a Nation, we must ensure that every veteran has the chance to share in the opportunity he or she has helped to defend. Those who have served in our Armed Forces have the experience, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve success as members of our civilian workforce, and it is critical that we harness their talent.

    Across our country, veterans who fought to protect our democracy around the globe are strengthening it here at home. Once leaders in the Armed Forces, they are now pioneers of industry and pillars of their communities. Their character reflects our enduring American spirit, and in their example, we find inspiration and strength.

    This day, and every day, we pay tribute to America's sons and daughters who have answered our country's call. We recognize the sacrifice of those who have been part of the finest fighting force the world has ever known and the loved ones who stand beside them. We will never forget the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice and all those who have not yet returned home. As a grateful Nation, let us show our appreciation by honoring all our veterans and working to ensure the promise of America is within the reach of all who have protected it.

    With respect for and in recognition of the contributions our service members have made to the cause of peace and freedom around the world, the Congress has provided (5 U.S.C. 6103(a)) that November 11 of each year shall be set aside as a legal public holiday to honor our Nation's veterans.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2014, as Veterans Day. I encourage all Americans to recognize the valor and sacrifice of our veterans through appropriate public ceremonies and private prayers. I call upon Federal, State, and local officials to display the flag of the United States and to participate in patriotic activities in their communities. I call on all Americans, including civic and fraternal organizations, places of worship, schools, and communities to support this day with commemorative expressions and programs.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.


    Wear Your Medals on Veterans Day

    Your medals tell a story of service in the cause of freedom that all Americans need to hear.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs calls on all veterans to express their patriotism and pride on Veterans Day and other major patriotic holidays through a display of medals earned in their military service.

    Join your comrades in public display of your military decorations. It’s a way to show your community the spirit of America’s veterans and remind your neighbors of the service and sacrifice of those who guarded democracy.

    As we salute America’s heroes on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, wear your medals and show your pride, whether participating in public observances or relaxing with family and friends. Your medals tell a story of service in the cause of freedom that all Americans need to hear.

    Wearing Your Medals

    A Statement of PatriotismThe Veterans Pride campaign was launched to promote veterans wearing their military medals on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

    Beginning with Veterans Day 2006, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) joined with major veterans service organizations to bring veterans together across the country in a symbolic demonstration of unity and patriotism.

    A Veteran’s Story

    A veteran’s military medals tell stories of service, sacrifice, bravery and accomplishment. Each story is as unique as the veteran who wears those medals. Sharing them with family, friends and the public on Veterans Day allows America’s veterans to tell their stories to the entire nation and helps teach America’s youth the true meaning of citizenship and freedom.

    Replacement Medals

    Medals awarded while in active service are issued by the individual military services if requested by veterans or their next of kin. Requests for replacement medals, decorations, and awards should be directed to the branch of the military in which the veteran served. However, for Air Force (including Army Air Corps) and Army veterans, the National Personnel Records Center verifies awards and forwards requests and verification to appropriate services.

    Top 10 Celebrity Veterans

    These ten celebrities are famous, they've gone on to great things, and they all have one thing in common: they served in the U.S. military. Some of them made use of military education benefits to further their careers. Others used their experiences in uniform as the springboard for a life in the spotlight. Join us now for a countdown of 10 well-known military veterans.

    10. George Carlin

    "So I do have this ambivalence. Obviously I'm against militaries, because of what militaries do. In many ways though, the Air Force was unmilitary-like. They dropped bombs on people, but...they had a golf course."

    Controversial, outspoken and above all funny, George Carlin stands as one of the comedy greats, but given his well-known anti-establishment perspective, it might come as a surprise that he is a also a veteran. After dropping out of high school in 1954, Carlin joined the Air Force to use the GI Bill to cover the costs of broadcasting school. He was trained as a radar technician, and was stationed in Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana.

    Looking back on his service, Carlin was proud to have been generally discharged instead of dishonorably discharged. He was deemed an unproductive Airman and court martialed three times. As a more constructive outlet for his biting comedy, he worked as a disc jockey for the KJOE radio station while on active duty. Despite his troubles in the service, his work at KJOE helped him jump to other opportunities in the entertainment industry. After working in broadcast for a short while, he moved to California where he found success in television on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Tonight Show" and later, enduring fame as a cutting-edge comedian. One of the more memorable bits from his later career concerned PTSD, as he decried how the military had taken a simple, succinct term (shell shock) and over time had sanitized it into its current form (post-traumatic stress disorder).

    9. Steve McQueen

    "It was all very pleasant just lying in the sun and watching the girls go by, but one day I suddenly felt bored with hanging around and went and joined the Marines."

    Steve McQueen's legacy as the "King of Cool" began early -- born to a stunt pilot and an alleged alcoholic prostitute, he had a tumultuous childhood which led him to cultivate his rebel image, which would persist throughout his career. After drifting from job to job, he decided to join the Marines in 1947. He was promoted to Private First Class and served with an armored unit, but he was demoted back to private seven times. His rebellious nature came to a head when he let a weekend pass turn into a two week tryst with his girlfriend. Shore patrol apprehended him, but he resisted and spent 41 days in the brig; the first 21 were spent living off of bread and water.

    His time in the brig helped reform him. Later his unit was performing a training exercise in the Arctic which turned disastrous. The ship McQueen, his unit, and their tanks had boarded hit a sandbank, which threw several tanks and their crews into the water. Many drowned immediately, unable to get out of their tanks, but McQueen jumped in and saved the lives of five men.

    In recognition of his actions, McQueen was chosen to partake in the Honor Guard protecting Harry S. Truman's yacht. McQueen stayed with the Marines until 1950 when he was honorably discharged. "The Marines gave me discipline I could live with. By the time I got out, I could deal with things on a more realistic level. All in all, despite my problems, I liked my time in the Marines," McQueen said.

    After leaving the Marines, McQueen used money earned through the GI Bill to study acting at Sanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse. His career was prolific -- he starred in numerous roles and maintained his star status up until his untimely death in 1980.

    8. Ice-T

    "When I had my daughter I was like, man, I'm going to go to jail, I got to do something, and I went to an enlistment office. Next thing you know, I'm in the military, four years infantry."

    Sometimes people join the military for purely practical or financial reasons -- count actor and musician Ice-T among them. After a rough-and-tumble upbringing in South Los Angeles, Ice-T was struggling to support his girlfriend and daughter, and decided to join the Army for the financial benefits. He served four years in the 25th Infantry Division. Early in his career, he was part of a group that stole an infantry rug and subsequently deserted. After a month, once the rug had been recovered, Ice-T returned and received a non-judicial punishment, which allowed him to complete Advanced Infantry Training.

    During his deployment in Hawaii, Ice-T served as a squad leader at Schofield Barracks. According to his memoir, it was here that he purchased stereo equipment, including turntables, a mixer, and speakers. At one point during his career, a sergeant told Ice-T that he was serving in the army because he couldn't survive on his own in the civilian world. Despite the sergeant's claim, Ice-T utilized his time in the army to build financial stability, hone his skills, and launch a career in entertainment.

    7. Humphrey Bogart

    The man who became a legend playing hard-bitten private eyes and soulful outlaws had a troubled background: born into a successful family, Humphrey Bogart was expected to attend Yale but ended up losing interest in school and dropping out. Instead of attending a different school or looking for a civilian job, Bogart enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1918. It's been recorded that Bogart was a model sailor, and spent most of his career ferrying troops between the U.S. and Europe. In 1919, Bogart transferred from the Leviathan to the USS Santa Olivia. He missed the ship when it sailed for Europe, and he turned himself in to the Navy port authority. Due to his prompt action, Bogart was not listed as a deserter and was recorded as being AWOL for which he was punished with three days of solitary confinement, and allowed nothing but bread and water to eat.

    Despite the infraction, he was honorably discharged on June 18th, 1919 with the rank of seaman second class with a 3.0 performance rating in proficiency and 4.0 in sobriety and obedience.When Bogart returned home, he found that his values had grown independently of his family. Although he was still articulate, polite, and hard-working, he he detested pretension and snobbery. He rebelled and worked as a shipper, then bond salesman, and eventually joined the Naval Reserve. Through a childhood friend, he worked his way into show business, and eventually his roles veered towards tough-guy heroes and gangsters, which became a guidepost for the rest of his career. He would go on to star in classics such as "The Maltese Falcon" and "Casablanca," and win an Academy Award for Best Actor in “The African Queen.” He was also able to draw upon his naval experience when he played unstable Captain Queeg in one of his final films, “The Caine Mutiny.”

    6. Morgan Freeman

    "I joined the Air Force. I took to it immediately when I arrived there. I did three years, eight months, and ten days in all, but it took me a year and a half to get disabused of my romantic notions about it."

    Sometimes being in the military helps determine what you want to be in life -- even if it means not being in the military. Talented young Morgan Freeman was so in love with the idea of flying that he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1955 instead of accepting a scholarship for drama from Jackson State University. Eventually, he got the chance to train as a fighter pilot, but as soon as he sat in the cockpit of what he thought would be his dream job, he felt like he was "sitting in the nose of a bomb," as he told AARP magazine. "I had this very clear epiphany... You are not in love with this; you are in love with the idea of this." Freeman didn’t hesitate to act on his gut instinct, and left the Air Force in 1959.

    It would be a long, hard road to stardom for Freeman, as he acted for over twenty years on stage before gaining fame on television in the soap opera "Another World" and the long-running children's program "The Electric Company." Freeman went on to act in prominent supporting roles, and later as a star in such movies as "The Shawshank Redemption," "Seven," and "Unforgiven."

    5. Chuck Norris

    "Before the President of the United States can declare war, Congress must have permission from Chuck Norris."

    The world-champion martial artist is a movie and television star, and has spawned a whole industry around "Chuck Norris facts" (for example: "Chuck Norris doesn't breathe, he holds the air hostage"). Yet it might not have come about had he not decided to join the Air Force after high school. Aiming for a career in law enforcement, he joined the USAF security police, and while stationed in Korea, he realized one night on duty that he couldn't arrest a rowdy drunk without pulling his weapon. As a result, he started studying some of the local Korean martial arts, including Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwan Do, and became the first Westerner to be awarded an eighth-degree Black Belt in Tae Kwan Do. He held the world middleweight karate champion title for six years, and was named Black Belt magazine's "Fighter of the Year" in 1969. He founded 32 martial arts schools, and was actor and fellow veteran Steve McQueen's karate teacher.

    McQueen encouraged Norris to go into acting, and after gaining attention as Bruce Lee's opponent in "Way of the Dragon," he starred in such films as "Good Guys Wear Black," "Delta Force" and "Missing in Action." He also starred in the long-running TV series "Walker, Texas Ranger." Norris has used his success to give back to the military community, serving as a spokesman on behalf of the Veterans Administration and hospitalized veterans. On March 28, 2007, Commandant Gen. James T. Conway made Norris an honorary United States Marine.

    4. Mr. T

    "When you find a really tough guy, he's not a predator. He doesn't have to prove himself. Guys who have to pretend to be tough, they ain't. I'm tough."

    Before he nearly pounded Rocky Balboa into submission in Rocky III, and went on to fame as B.A. Baracus on the hit TV show A-Team, Mr. T was a member of the biggest team of them all -- the U.S. Army. Originally known as Laurence Tureaud, Mr. T served in the Army's Military Police Corps in the mid-70s. In November 1975 he was awarded a letter of recommendation by his drill sergeant, and in a cycle of six thousand troops he was elected "Top Trainee of the Cycle" and promoted to Squad Leader. In July 1976 his platoon sergeant punished him by giving him the detail of chopping down trees during training camp at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, but the sergeant did not specify how many trees that were to be cut down -- so Tureaud single-handedly chopped down over 70 trees in the span of three and a half hours before being relieved of the detail.

    After his discharge from the Army, Tureaud tried out for the NFL's Green Bay Packers but failed to make the team because of a knee injury. However, his Army police training served him well in his next job, as a bouncer at Chicago nightclubs, where he began cultivating his ultra-tough "Mr. T" persona (the famous gold chains he wears were a result of picking up discarded jewelry from the nightclub every night). Perhaps the first "celebrity bodyguard," and certainly one of the most famous, Mr. T eventually found fame in the movies and TV, and currently lives in L.A.

    3. Johnny Cash

    "That was the big thing when I was growing up, singing on the radio. The extent of my dream was to sing on the radio station in Memphis. Even when I got out of the Air Force in 1954, I came right back to Memphis and started knocking on doors at the radio station."

    The legendary country performer is known as the "Man in Black," but he was also a man in Air Force blues. Fresh out of high school in 1950, Cash joined the Air Force as the Korean War began, and spent most of his four-year enlistment in Germany. Perhaps not surprisingly for a man with music in his veins, Cash was handy when it came to the rhythms of Morse code, and served as an intercept operator with the USAF Security Service.

    It could be argued that if weren't for the military, we might never have known who Johnny Cash was -- coming from a poor background, he was only able to scrounge enough money together to buy a guitar once he started receiving military pay. He purchased his first guitar at the Base Exchange while stationed in Germany, and the rest is history, as they say. He also formed his first band while in the Air Force (the Landsberg Barbarians) and upon his discharge he used his GI Bill benefits to attend a radio-announcing course at a broadcasting school in Memphis.

    Although Cash's reputation as an outspoken, hard-living rebel has overshadowed his time in service, he never forgot about where he came from, and years later, he met a young Army captain named Kris Kristofferson, who he helped become a country superstar in his own right.

    2. Clint Eastwood

    "I was drafted during the Korean War. None of us wanted to go... It was only a couple of years after World War II had ended. We said, 'Wait a second? Didn't we just get through with that?'"

    Long before Eastwood dared anyone to make his day as Dirty Harry, he served in the Army as a swimming instructor at Ft. Ord. As fate (and luck) would have it, his swimming skills would come in handy: one time when he was hitching a ride aboard a Navy torpedo bomber, the plane developed engine trouble and was forced to ditch in San Francisco Bay. Eastwood swam over a mile through the tide to shore, foreshadowing his own character's watery trials in "Escape from Alcatraz."

    After his discharge in 1953, Eastwood attended L.A. City College and studied drama under the GI Bill. From humble origins in the movie business (he started on a $75-a-week contract with Universal Studios), he eventually found international fame in "spaghetti" westerns, the Dirty Harry series, and as an Oscar-winning director.

    1. Elvis Presley

    "The Army teaches boys to think like men."

    It seems only fair that the man known as "the King of Rock 'n' Roll" should be the king of this list. Drafted by the U.S. Army just as he was experiencing a rise to stardom seldom seen before or since in popular music, Presley didn't shirk from his duty and found himself trading in his leather jacket for combat fatigues. He entered the Army as a regular GI at Ft. Chaffee on March 24, 1958. As his famously tousled hair was shaved down to regulation length, he cracked, "Hair today, gone tomorrow." His induction was a major event, with hundreds of overlookers and media there to witness it.

    Elvis was stationed at Ft. Hood for Basic Training and was assigned to the Second Armored Division's 'Hell On Wheels' unit. Later he was assigned to the Third Armored 'Spearhead' Division, and stationed in Friedberg, Germany -- it was here that he met Priscilla Beaulieu, who would eventually become his wife. During his time in Texas and Germany, Elvis kept a low profile, although he was already wealthy enough to bring his father and grandmother to live with him off-base.

    By the time he finished his Army stiny, Elvis had been promoted to sergeant, and he was honorably discharged from active duty on March 5, 1960 at Fort Dix, receiving a mustering-out check of $109.54. Just prior to his exit, Elvis reflected on his experiences in an interview for Armed Forces Radio and Television: "I was in a funny position. Actually, that's the only way it could be. People were expecting me to mess up, to goof up in one way or another. They thought I couldn't take it and so forth, and I was determined to go to any limits to prove otherwise, not only to the people who were wondering, but to myself."



    Hello faithful supporters, I, Martha Wooden the hostess and creator of RYM-TYM wants to thank you much for stopping by. Also, OH! RADIO SHOW wants to thank all of you who tuned in to listen to the November 7, 2014 broadcast that aired live on Friday evening at 7pm standard mountain time. The topic in discussion was about possessing a Self Love - Relationship. I am sure that you greatly enjoyed listening to the show just as much as I enjoyed hosting it. OMG, I truly loved loved loved hosting the show!! Greatly looking forward to hosting the next show which will be the series finale of this 3 part Relationship discussion of possessing a Self Love - Relationship - scheduled to air live on this Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7:30p.m. standard mountain time. Don't forget to share this information with all others so that they too can tune in to listen to OH! RADIO SHOWS next live broadcast. This is no doubt the beginning of many many more great informative and inspiring broadcasts to come. Expect OH! RADIO SHOWS BROADCAST to get better and better in time. So very honored to be at your service. Love and Appreciate you much. Again much thanks to you for giving your support and for having the much needed patience.

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    My daughter Joy Monay Perez a freshman at Thunderbird High School made the freshman girls basketball team. YEAH, HOORAY AND YAY YAY!!! Tryouts was on this past Monday and Tuesday. The coach told her on the first day of try outs that she was going to be the toughest one on the team. The coach basically told Joy on the first day of try outs that she has no doubt made it on the team. The coach also told her that they were going to help get her in better shape, HOORAY for that. Back to being very active, helps keep her in great shape. Joy hadn't played basketball on a team in over 2 years, but hasn't lost or forgotten anything. Her skills are still top. Before then Joy played basketball on teams at school and while participating in club basketball outside of school. Joy has been playing basketball on a team since 4th grade. She has been showing interest in basketball since about 6 or 7 years old. Joy played on all girls teams and she also played on a team with all boys, being the only girl on the team. The boys had to keep up with her. This little young lady is good at basically anything that she gets involved in. She's a tripple dipple threat (my newly created word). She is dedicated, devoted, dependable, determined and a hard worker. Joy is an excellent team player and team leader. The Thunderbird team has practice on Monday thru Saturday. I pray that she continues to be this way for the rest of her life, allowing nothing and noone to get in her way of being the absolute all around best.

    Some schools are out on Monday and Tuesday for Veterans Day, but not Thunderbird High School. Thunderbird students have to attend school on Monday but they are out on Tuesday and of course they return on Wednesday. Joy has basketball practice on Tuesday on their day out of school (i for one love it). Their first game will be in December, can't wait, they should be good and ready.



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