Veterans Honored At Celebrations In The Area

By: Kristin Martin
By: Kristin Martin

"When we came back, we had a hard time, but something like this today is going to mean a great deal to all service personnel," said a veteran, Geoffrey Henderson.

Veterans Day is Monday, and people were already celebrating Saturday to honor veterans all around the area.

It was about more than just the candy thrown during the Bowling Green Veterans Day Parade. It was about honoring those who have served in the armed forces.

"It's remembrance for me what the veterans did for our country with fighting to keep us free," said Martha Leonard.

Veterans and their families were among those in the crowd.

"My mom's brother was killed in World War 2," Leonard said.

"My dad was a Marine in Korea, and it means an awful lot. And I had an uncle that was in the Airborne that jumped into Normandy during World War 2, so military's been in the family, and it's one way to pay our respects to those that gave the ultimate sacrifice," said Phillip Kissinger, a retired Navy commander.

Over in Morgantown, they were celebrating a piece of history that will last beyond this Veterans Day.

They dedicated a wall to all past, present and future veterans for people to realize what they do.

"They need to come up and look at these names and just place their hands on a name and it'll speak to them. Each one of these bricks has a story behind them. Each one of these people gave up their time, went away from their families, to serve this country," said Lynda Knight, president of the Ladies Auxiliary Club.

It has more than 600 names on it already and means a lot to the veterans.

"Vietnam, when we came back, we had a hard time, but something like this today is going to mean a great deal to all service personnel," said a veteran at the wall dedication, Geoffrey Henderson.

He said the country needs to be proud of its veterans because it wouldn't be where it is today without them.

Many restaurants and businesses will honor veterans with free food, haircuts and other things this Monday.

Here's a list of the participating businesses from an e-mail WBKO received:

First, let's start with a deal that is valid for everyone. Get free admission to national parks across the country on Nov. 9-11:

Veterans and active duty military eat free from a special menu at Chili's on Nov. 11. Proof of service required.

Anyone who has served in the U.S. military eats free at Golden Corral on Nov. 11 from 4-9 p.m. No ID required. Dine-in only.

With a valid military ID, veterans and active military personnel can have free all-you-can-eat pancakes at Bob Evans on Nov. 11.

All veterans get a free meal from a special menu on Nov. 11 at Olive Garden. Family dining with the veteran also get 10 percent off. Military families get 10 percent off every day in November. Details:

Get a free Texas Tonion appetizer and drink at Red Lobster.

Veterans and active duty military get a free entree from a limited menu at Applebee's on Nov. 11. Must show military ID. Beverage not included. Menu and details:

Texas Roadhouse is offering veterans a free lunch (and beverage) from a special menu on Nov. 11. Proof of military service required. Active, former and retired military welcome. Dine-in only.

Vets get free lunch at TGI Fridays on Nov. 11. Sadly, the website doesn't offer any more details. Call your local location for details: (Last year the deal was only offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., so check before you go.)

Veterans and active duty military get a free meal at Hooters, up to $10.99, on Nov. 11. Must show proof of service and buy a drink.

O'Charley's restaurants are offering veterans a free meal from their $9.99er menu on Nov. 11.

All military members can get a free order of Crazy Bread at participating Little Caesars locations on Nov. 11.

With valid military ID, Outback Steakhouse is offering a free Bloomin' Onion and a drink on Nov. 11, plus 10 percent off all meals through the end of the year.

Longhorn Steakhouse is offering a free appetizer for all service members from Nov. 11-14.

Many Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts to active-duty U.S. service members and veterans on Nov. 11 with valid proof of service. For a list of participating stores:

Veterans, active duty military and military spouses get a free tall (12 oz.) brewed coffee at Starbucks on Veterans Day:

Great Clips is offering free haircuts for all Veterans. Anyone that comes in on November 11 who isn't a veteran can also receive a free haircut card to gift to a veteran that they know.

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