Veterans Day celebrations in Region 8

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Veterans Day was originally declared "Armistice Day" by President Woodrow Wilson to remember those who fought and lost their lives in World War I, which ended on November 11, 1918. Armistice Day later became Veterans' Day in 1954 to honor all those who have served the United States of America.

According to Chairman Marvin Jumper, the Craighead County Veterans Monument Foundation will conduct 24 hours of "recognition activities" beginning at 11 a.m. as part of their "Honor All Veterans event. The Westside Air Force JROTC will walk post at the monument in downtown Jonesboro

The Veterans Day Parade will begin on Saturday at 10 a.m. and starts at Oak Avenue and Church Street. A :huge number of parade participants" are expected this year; these participants include marching bands from Jonesboro, Nettleton, Westside and Valley View schools.

Veterans Day events for the CCVMF will end Saturday night with a reception and dance at the St. Bernard Auditorium. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.  Tables are also available for $100.  For tickets, contact Burnis Posey at (870) 931-8247.

The city of Manila will present a Veteran's Day Program beginning at 11 am at the Herman Davis State Park on Hwy. 18.

At Nettleton High School, the student council and History Club are sponsoring an "Honor a Veteran Luncheon" today from 11 to 1. All local military veterans and those currently serving are invited to attend.

The Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield will hold its annual Veterans Day Program at 1 p.m. at the Committal Shelter Plaza in the cemtery.

This Friday, First Class Cuts of Jonesboro will give free haircuts to veterans and active members of the United States military.

An addition to these events, several chain restaurants will offer free items to veterans.

Applebee's  will offer a free entrée to veterans and active duty personnel during normal business hours on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.  You'll need evidence of service such as a military ID, Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW), a photo of yourself in uniform, or just wear your uniform.

Chili's is offering a free lunch combo for vets on Veterans Day from 11 am -5 pm.

Golden Corral will have a free dinner buffet for active duty personnel and veterans on Monday, Nov. 15, 2011.

Huddle House  will offer a complimentary two-egg breakfast from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm to honor their military customers. Customer must be either an active member of our military, or a veteran. Military I.D. is required. This breakfast includes two eggs (cooked to order) choice of bacon (three strips) or sausage (two patties), home style grits or hash browns and toast (wheat or white). The offer is only for dine-in customers.

O'Charley's has a half off coupon for Veteran's Day.  Military ID and coupon required. You can get your coupon from this O'Charley's website.

Olive Garden has a free entree for the military on Veterans Day.  Choose from Seafood Alfredo, Chicken Parmigiana or other enrees.  Menu and more details at the Olive Garden website.

Outback Steakhouse has a free Bloomin Onion and beverage.  This deal is good all week, from Nov. 7-11, 2011.  More details at the Outback website.

T.G.I. Friday's has a buy one get one free offer on Veterans Day.  Veterans and active military personnel who buy one entrée on Nov. 11 get one free. More details on the TGI Fridays Facebook page.

Wendy's has a Veterans Advantage program where you can get coupons and other specials via email. Register to get special offers for  hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, Frosty and other menu items. Special coupons are distributed to Veterans Advantage members for patriotic holidays, including Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Patriot Day and Veterans Day. More details on the Wendy's website