The nationally observed holiday of Veteran's Day is always on November 11, but this year, that is a Saturday. State, federal, and local offices will observe the holiday on Friday, Nov. 10, honoring those who served our nation.

Many businesses and communities will have events, parades, or special offers for the members of our services.

21 News is compiling a list of events and encourages anyone with an event or discount for veterans to submit your local event by sending us the name, time, date, and location to [email protected].

More events will be added as they are announced. Check with your local locations for participation or stipulations on all offers.

*All offers require proof of service with a valid military ID. Offers are at participating locations.


Nov. 5: The Church of Genesis, 303 North Cedar Street, New Castle, PA is inviting veterans to hear four-time Steelers Super Bowl champion and Vietnam War veteran Rocky Bleier speak and meet the former Steelers player. Those attending will be able to meet Bleier after the 10:15 a.m. service, followed at 1 p.m., when area veterans can attend a luncheon with Bleier where they will be honored for their military service.

Nov. 10: Veterans Day program, First Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Ave., event begins at 11 am with a parade (weather permitting). The program will be held inside First Presbyterian Church.

Nov. 11: Shenango Valley Veterans Day Parade, Farrell, Pa. The parade starts at 1 p.m. at the Farrell Area High School and ends at Veterans Square Park, 720 Spearman Avenue.

Nov. 11: The Mahoning County Career and Technical Center and Valley STEM Academy, 7300 N. Palmyra Rd. Canfield: A community-wide fundraiser to benefit the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 2. The even will bring together individuals and families for activities while contributing to a noble cause. The fundraiser will feature a 2.7-mile Honor Walk, commencing at noon, serving as a symbolic gesture to honor the sacrifices made by our brave veterans and a cornhole tournament at 11 am. There will also be food trucks and a bake sale. Participants can register for the Honor Walk or the cornhole tournament at

Nov. 11: Girard Veteran's Day Parade, 10:30 am, starts at 300 N. State St, on Market Street to Liberty Street, then west to the Officer Justin Leo Memorial Bridge. A wreath will be cast into the river. The parade then will march east to Market Street and north to High Street to the war memorial.

Nov. 11: JAC Management Group will light the Huntington Bank Community Alley in Wean Park Red, White, and Blue for Veterans Day in honor of veterans, and those serving our country.

Nov. 12: Veterans Day Band Concert/Chili Cook-Off

Presented by Austintown Band Parents, Inc. The annual chili cook-off starts at 2 p.m. in the Fitch High School Cafeteria. The Veterans Day Concert is at 5 p.m. in the Fitch High School Gymnasium. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. $10 for both events or $5 for the concert only. All money raised goes to instrument and uniform funds for the marching band.

Kent State University, Veterans Day Commemoration. 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Student Green on the Kent Campus, program and a flag-raising ceremony conducted by a joint color guard from Kent State’s Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC programs; keynote speaker is Maureen McFarland, Ph.D., associate dean of academic affairs for the College of Aeronautics and Engineering at Kent State and a retired lieutenant. The event will also be livestreamed.


Area Eat'n Park restaurants are showing their appreciation to all active and former US military personnel and their families by offering a 10 percent discount on their entire check during November.

Pilot Flying J, Nov. 10-12: Service members and immediate family get a free meal at participating locations through a special offer in the app.

Project Tom: A local organization that sends greeting cards for free, for all occasions, including Veteran's Day, in the memory of our grandfather, Thomas Plumeret, a veteran, of Hubbard, Ohio. Submit a request to send a card to your favorite veteran by visiting


Applebee's: All active-duty military, veterans, reserves, and National Guard who dine in get a complimentary full-size entrée from a special menu.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Veterans (with military ID) who dine in will receive a free Chocolate Chunk Pizookie with any purchase of more than $9.95. In addition, veterans who spend more than $14.95 (dine-in or takeout) will receive a coupon for a free appetizer to redeem between November 12 and December 31.

Bob Evans: Free meal from a select menu, dine-in only.

Buffalo Wild Wings: Free order of 10 Boneless Wings and fries, dine-in only.

Caribou Coffee: Veterans and spouses get a small hot brewed coffee of the day or cold press (excluding nitro).

Chili's: Active-duty service members and vets get a free meal from a select menu, in-restaurant only.

Circle K: Get a free medium coffee all day.

Cracker Barrel: Complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake in-store or online.

Denny's: Complimentary Grand Slam, 5 a.m. to noon, dine-in only.

Dunkin': Veterans and active-duty military get a free donut at participating locations, in-store only.

IHOP: Free Red, White and blueberry pancakes, dine-in only.

Little Caesars: Free Lunch Combo, 11 am to 2 pm, in-store only.

McDonald's:  Participating McDonald's across Northeast Ohio will be offering free meals on Nov. 11 to all vets and active-duty service members, with valid ID. Options include Breakfast: A choice of an Egg McMuffin or a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit. All options come with any size soft drink, tea or hot coffee and a Hash Brown. Lunch and Dinner: A choice of a Double Cheeseburger or 6-Piece Chicken McNuggets® will be offered. All options come with any size soft drink, tea or hot coffee and small fries. 

Mission BBQ: Free sandwich, in-store only

O'Charley's: O’Charley’s two locations in the Valley will offer a free dessert by purchasing an entrée, according to a Covelli Enterprise press release.

Panera Bread: The seven Valley locations of Panera Bread will offer a free bagel and regular hot or iced coffee until 11 am.

Perkins: Free Magnificent Seven Meal, dine-in only

Starbucks: Free 12-ounce hot or cold brewed coffee for veterans, military service members and military spouses.