Loveland: This year's Veterans Day theme — organized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Loveland Elks Club — is 'Honoring our Wounded, Seen or Unseen.'
Veterans Day events will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 11, starting with 4-6 a.m. bell ringing through Loveland followed by breakfast at 6-9 a.m., parade at 11:11 a.m. and a ceremony at noon. The parade at 11:11 a.m. will include the Loveland police and fire departments, honor guard, nonprofit Hearts and Horses, nonprofit Healing Warriors Program, the Larimer Sheriff's Department mounted force, a Thompson School District bus filled with veterans employed by the district, Pathways Hospice, Loveland JROTC (which includes members from all high schools in Loveland) and an Elk's Club float. John Gebhardt will be the guest speaker during the ceremony at noon. The event will include a 21-gun salute and a release of doves.
Fort Collins:The Salute to Veterans Appreciation Event and Resource Fair is from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 14 at the McKee building at the Budweiser Events Center. A breakfast honoring veterans is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The fair provides services ranging from housing assistance and family photos to haircuts and more. The public is invited to both events. The Chappelow Choir will perform, and an inspirational message will be delivered by Jason Sydoriak, CSU student body president, who is also an Iraq war veteran. The event is presented by the Mountain Plains of Thrivent Financial.The Annual Veteran’s Day Breakfast is at 7 a.m. at the Fort Collins Senior Center. (1200 Raintree Drive) The Fort Collins Golden K Kiwanis and the Fort Collins Senior Center hosts a yearly celebration of military personnel, family and friends. Entertainment provided by the Blend Women’s Barbershop Chorus. There will be Posting of the Colors at 8 AM with music to follow. There is no fee for this event. Veterans Roll Call, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., flagpole on the CSU plaza. Names of more than 6,500 military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan will be read aloud, with a national moment of silence at noon.CSU flag display, all day Monday through Friday. Four hundred American flags showcased near the Vietnam Memorial Bridge east of the Lory Student Center. Veterans Day ceremony, 11 a.m., Edora Park War Memorial. Ceremony and speaker, organized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and other veterans organizations.
Greeley: The annual Veterans Day ceremony will take place Wednesday at the Weld County Veterans Memorial in Bittersweet Park. The event begins at 11am at the park, 16th St and 35th Ave, Lunch will be served at Greeley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2121 following the ceremony.
Here is a list of freebies for veterans and active military members:
Starbucks: Free traditional free tall-brewed coffee for active duty service members, veterans and military spouses.
Denny's: Active, inactive and retired military personnel can stop by participating Denny's to build a 'grand slam breakfast' from 5 a.m. to noon on Nov. 11.
IHOP: IHOP restaurants across the country will give free red, white and blue pancakes to veterans and active personnel from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 11.
Panera Bread: Free 'you pick two' for current and former service members with valid I.D.
Olive Garden: Veterans and active duty military can enjoy one of five entree choices. Family members dining with the service members will receive a 10% discount.
Applebee's: Veterans and active duty military can pick a dish from Applebee's 'Thank You Mel Menu' which include options like a 7 oz. house sirloin and cheeseburger.
Golden Corral: Free 'Thank You' meal and drink for veterans and active duty.
Red Robin: Free Red's Tavern double burger and bottomless steak fries for Veterans and current service members.
Cafe Vino: 1200 S. College Ave., Fort Collins is offering veterans and service members a complimentary small bacon wrapped date or dessert of choice. Present a military ID or proof of service.
Texas Roadhouse :will offer free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Choose one of 10 entrees with two sides and a drink. Proof of service includes a military or VA card, or discharge papers. Fort Collins’ Texas Roadhouse is located at 4633 S. Timberline Road.
The National Park Service, including Rocky Mountain National Park, is waiving entrance fees to all of its national parks in honor of Veterans Day on Wednesday. That’s free admission for all members of the public.
Steve and Sherri Stinnett
C3 Real Estate Solutions