Businesses honor vets with freebies on Veterans Day |

Businesses honor vets with freebies on Veterans Day


WHAT: Veterans Day Parade

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 9

WHERE: Downtown Main Street, GJ

COST: Free; bring flags to wave & camping chairs



The Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado and the Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park will present the annual Veterans Day Ceremony.

On Monday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m.-noon, all military veterans will be honored at a ceremony at the W. Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park, located at the Colorado Welcome Center, just off I-70 Fruita exit.

The ceremony will feature performances by local singer and Fruita Monument High School sophomore Morgan Crouse, and the Rocky Mountain Scots. The keynote speech will be given by Col. Tom Fisher, Mesa County administrator. Mathias Mulumba, formerly of Uganda, will sing the National Anthem and 6-year-old Hudson Himes will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Deanne Sharp of the Fruita United Methodist Church will deliver the invocation and benediction.

The public is invited; bring your own camping chairs. For more information, call Dick Gigliotti at 970-263-8986.

Businesses in town are celebrating the sacrifices of military veterans by offering some nice perks in honor of Veterans Day Nov. 11. Food, shopping discounts, car wash, haircuts and more …

So a note to all the civilians out there: Don’t forget to hug a veteran, call a veteran, visit a veteran, and/or thank a veteran on Monday. Also, attend the Veterans Day Parade 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 on downtown Main Street.

See below for the list of discounts and freebies. It’s suggested you call ahead to verify participation as some of the businesses are franchises and may have different policies.

Fee Free Day at Colorado National Monument — In fact, all areas managed by the National Park Service will not charge entrance fees for Veterans Day weekend Nov. 9-11.

Applebee’s, 711 Horizon Drive — Free meal for active duty military and veterans from the “Signature” menu Monday, Nov. 11. Must show military ID. Beverage not included. For more information, call 970-256-0022.

Bed Bath & Beyond, 2464 Hwy. 6&50 — Active duty, veterans and military spouses get 20% off entire purchase Nov. 9-11. Must have valid ID. See or call 970-243-3060 for more information.

Big Lots, 2401 North Ave. — On Saturday, Nov. 9, active duty military and veterans can get 10% off total purchases. Must show valid military ID.

Cabela’s, Mesa Mall — On Nov. 11-12, active duty military, veterans, and law enforcement/EMS will get a discount up to 20% off purchases depending on the items. For more information, call 970-683-5000.

Chili’s, 584 24 1/2 Road — Get a free meal from a select menu Nov. 11. Proof of service required. For more information, call 970-257-1800.

Denny’s, 710 Horizon Drive — Free all-you-can-eat pancakes Nov. 11 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. for active duty, retirees and veterans. Bring a valid military ID. For more information, call 970-243-5030.

Einstein Bros. Bagels, 2546 Rimrock Ave. — All active duty military and veterans can get a free signature or classic bagel and shmear or any other topping Nov. 11. For more information, call 970-245-0266.

Famous Dave’s, 2440 Hwy. 6&50 — All military personnel and veterans can get a free two-meat platter served with a corn bread muffin and choice of one side Nov. 11. For more information, call 970-245-8227.

Golden Corral, 1100 Independent Ave. — You’ve earned a free meal and beverage if you are active duty military, veteran or Guard/Reserves Nov. 11 from 4 to 9 p.m. No ID required; it’s all on the honor system. For more information, call 970-241-7004.

Great Clips, 2500 Broadway, 2546 Rimrock Ave., 2885 North Ave. — Active duty or veterans can get a free haircut Nov. 11, or they can choose to get a free haircut card which must be redeemed by Dec. 31.

Home Depot, 2436 F Road — All veterans get a 10% discount on purchases Nov. 11. Year-round, the 10% discount is available for active duty military, reserve and retirees only. For more information, call 970-244-8577

Hooters, 2880 North Ave. — Active duty military and veterans can enjoy a free meal up to $10.99 with any drink purchase Nov. 11. Proof of service required. For more information, call 970-242-2143.

JCPenney, Mesa Mall — From Nov. 6-11, current and former military personnel and family members of active duty, Reserves/Guard and retirees can get an extra 20% off. Print out the coupon at Must present military ID or proof of service to redeem.

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft, Mesa Mall — Active duty military, veterans and dependents will get 20% off purchases Nov. 10-15. Must show proof of service. For more information, call 970-241-8617.

Little Caesars, 1840 N. 12th St. — Past and present military personnel will get a free Crazy Bread Nov. 11. Call ahead to 970-263-4288 to make sure franchisee is participating.

Lowe’s, 2525 Rimrock Ave. — Veterans get a 10% discount on store purchases Nov. 9-11. Active, reserve, retired military personnel and disabled veterans with valid military ID receive a 10% discount on purchases every day. For more information, call 970-683-4760.

Olive Garden, 2416 Hwy. 6&50 — Free meal for veterans from a select menu (excludes drinks) Nov. 11. Family dining with the veteran also gets 10% off. For more information, call 970-243-7355.

Outback Steakhouse, 2432 Hwy. 6&50 — From Nov. 12 through Dec. 31, Outback is offering 10% off the total check to veterans, active duty military and retirees. For more information, call 970-257-7550.

Red Lobster, 575 24 1/2 Road — Choose a free appetizer from a select list Nov. 11-14. Bring proof of service. For more information, call 970-242-2050.

Red Robin, 2530 Rimrock Ave. — Active duty and veterans can get a free Tavern Double Burger and bottomless steak fries Nov. 11. For more information, call 970-242-4101.

Shiners Car Wash, 2460 Hwy. 6&50 — Free exterior car wash for all active duty military and veterans. Bring proof of service. For more information, call 970-245-2552.

Splish Splash Car Wash, 2475 Hwy. 6&50 — All veterans and active duty get a free car wash. For more information, call 970-242-3392.

Texas Roadhouse, 2870 North Ave. — Free meal and beverage from select menu Nov. 11. Proof of service required. Call one hour ahead for seating at 970-243-5700.

Village Inn, 1910 North Ave. & 757 Horizon Drive — Active duty military and veterans get their choice of a free stack of buttermilk pancakes, French toast or Belgian waffle Nov. 11. Not all VIs are participating so call ahead to 970-243-5467 (North Ave.) or 970-254-8067 (Horizon).

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