Metro area Veterans Day events and celebrations

Metro area Veterans Day events and celebrations

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Several events and closures are planned over the next week to recognize Veterans Day, Nov. 11, a federal holiday, that honors veterans and military personnel.


Federal, state and county offices and courtrooms, and libraries in Bellevue and Papillion libraries are closed Friday, Nov. 10. On Saturday, Nov. 11, there is no mail delivery, no Omaha parking meter payment required, and Omaha and Council Bluffs libraries are closed. Garbage pick-up and The World-Herald newspaper delivery schedules will remain the same.


Malvern Country Music Gathering

Malvern, Iowa, will host a memorial ceremony and tribute at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. The program is part of the Malvern Country Music Gathering from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Liberty Memorial Building, 501 Main St. in Malvern, 35 miles southeast of Omaha. In its 18th year, this event will feature traditional country, bluegrass and folk music. Admission is $ 5 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Proceeds will support the local liberty building fund.

Veterans Day Parade and Lunch

The downtown Council Bluffs parade is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. The parade starts at Ninth Avenue and Pearl Street and ends on Story and Main Streets. After the parade is a free lunch and auction at the American Legion Post 2, 716 S. Fourth St.

Veterans Shine On

Omaha Parks and Recreation will host a ceremony to light the colanade at Memorial Park, 6005 Underwood Ave., on Wednesday at 6 p.m. There will be music, guest speakers, hot cocoa and dessert. Admission is free.


Memorial Park Observance

The American Legion Post 1, 7811 Davenport St.,Omaha, will host an observance at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 at Memorial Park, 6005 Underwood Ave. The event includes a presentation of colors and wreath-laying ceremony near the park’s memorial columns. Speakers include retired United States Army Sgt. Daniel Falcon, Gold Star father Lonnie Ford, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. and current U.S. Congressman Donald Bacon, retired Brig. Gen. Steve Ritchie, U.S. Strategic Command Commander and Gen. John E. Hyten. A luncheon will take place at the Legion Post following the event. Cost is free; donations are accepted.

SAC & Aerospace Museum Veterans Day Program

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, 28210 West Park Highway in Ashland, Nebraska, will host a Veterans Day program and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov 11. The program includes the posting of the colors by the Ashland Legion Post 129; keynote by Minot Air Force Base 740th Missile Squadron assistant director of operations, Maj. Cory Kuehn; and a tour of Boeing EC-135 “Looking Glass.” Veterans are encouraged to attend in uniform. Program and lunch are free for all museum guests. Museum admission is free for all military veterans; general admission rates apply for non-military members. Advanced registration is required. To register, go to or call 402-944-3100.

Glenwood Veterans Day program

American Legion Post 141, 104 N. Vine St. in Glenwood, Iowa, will host a traditional observance at the Mills County Courthouse, 418 Sharp St., at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11. The Legion Family Annual Ham and Bean Feed with ham and bean soup, homemade chicken noodle soup, chili, cornbread, vegetable soup and dessert starts at 6:30 p.m.

American Legion Post 141, 104 N. Vine St. in Glenwood, Iowa, will host a traditional observance at the Mills County Courthouse, 418 Sharp St., at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11. The Legion Family Annual Ham and Bean Feed with ham and bean soup, homemade chicken noodle soup, chili, cornbread, vegetable soup and dessert starts at 6:30 p.m.


For all veterans and active military members, with a valid military ID or proof of service:

Applebee’s will offer a free meal from a limited menu on Nov. 11 at all locations.

American Family Care, 4004 N. 132nd St., Suite 101, will offer free flu shots on Nov. 11.

Bruegger’s Bagels will offer a free small drip coffee at all locations. No purchase necessary.

Denny’s, 3509 S. 84th St., will offer a free Grand Slam breakfast on Nov. 10 from 5 a.m. to noon.

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Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St., will offer free admission to veterans and their family members 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10-11 and 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 12.

Golden Corral, 1511 Gregg Road in Bellevue, will offer a free meal on Nov. 13 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Great Clips locations will give veterans and active-duty service members a free haircut at any Great Clips hair salon Nov. 11 through Dec. 31. Customers who stop in for a service can get a free haircut card to give to a veteran.

Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St., will offer free gate admission to all veterans and their immediate families on Veterans Day.

Hy-Vee locations will offer a free breakfast buffet to all veterans and active-duty military members from 7 to 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.

Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St., will offer a free gift and 10 percent off purchases in the Hitchcock Museum between Nov. 8-12 to those with a military family membership card. Military family members will also receive two complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and two desserts in Café Durham.

Loess Hills Harley-Davidson, 57408 190th St. in Pacific Junction, Iowa, will offer free T-Shirts to the first 50 veterans from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 11.

Omaha Lancers will offer $ 9 tickets to all past and present military members on Nov. 11. The Lancers game at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St., begins at 7:05 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Ralston Arena box office.

Red Robin will offer a free Red Tavern Double Burger and bottomless steak fries at its Omaha and Papillion locations with a proof of service on Nov 11.

Russell Speeder’s Car Wash, 11818 West Dodge Road, will provide free car washes from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 11.

Texas Roadhouse will offer a free lunch for active, retired or former U.S. military veterans from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 11. Choose one of 10 meals. Three Texas Roadhouse locations are: 520 N. 55th Plaza, 3231 S. 24th St. in Council Bluffs and 7302 Olson Drive in Papillion.

Horseshoe Casino, 2701 23rd Ave., offers all current and retired military, plus one guest, $ 6 buffets at Village Square Buffet on the first Thursday of every month. Must show military or veteran ID and Total Rewards Card.

Don’t see your Veterans Day event on the list? Let us know about it. Submit your public events to [email protected].

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