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List: Acadiana Veterans Day 2021 events, free meals and more

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Posted at 5:34 PM, Nov 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-11 14:57:59-05

Below is a list of Veterans Day ceremonies, events, and free deals and meals. More events will be added to this list so check back later. If you would like to add your event, deals, or free meals to the list, send the information to news@katctv.com.

ACADIA PARISH

The City of Crowley will hold their annual Veterans Day ceremony on November 11, 2021. The program is set to start at 12:00 pm at Levy Park. Organizers say that they are keeping an eye on the weather which may move the ceremony to the Rice Theater

CALCASIEU PARISH

The City of Lake Charles Mayor’s Armed Forces Commission will host the City’s annual Veterans Day Celebration at Veterans Memorial Park on Thursday, November 11, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The program will feature patriotic music from the Lake Charles Community Band, guest speaker Kelly R. Miseles, Captain, United States Army (Ret.) and a wreath-laying ceremony. The day’s events are free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside the Lake Charles Civic Center to the Contraband Room on the second floor. For more information, call (337) 491-1201.

JEFF DAVIS PARISH

Shoney’s will offer its free breakfast bar on Thursday, November 11 from open until 11 am.

IBERIA PARISH

Holy Family Cemetery:
Bishop Douglas Deshotel will celebrate a Veterans Day Mass on Thursday, November 11 at 12 PM. This Mass, hosted by the Office of Liturgies, will take place at 12 noon at Holy Family Cemetery in New Iberia located at 2807 Curtis Lane. All are welcome to join us as we honor military veterans.

LAFAYETTE PARISH

VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION AT SLCC

SLCC’s Office of Student Engagement will be hosting a Veterans Day Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 11. The event will include a posting of colors, singing of the National Anthem, playing of taps, roll call of fallen soldiers, guest speakers, and folding of the American flag. It will be held at Devalcourt Auditorium, SLCC Lafayette Campus, 320 Devalcourt St.

Carencro Veterans Memorial

Have you picked up your free flag yet?
Carencro residents may pick up a flag at City Hall, while supplies last.
The flags are 18 inches by `12 inches, just right for displaying it outside your home or business on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Post a picture of your flag and tag Carencro Veterans Memorial. #VeteransDay #thankaveteran #carencro

Scott's Veteran's Day Ceremony

The City of Scott will host its inaugural Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday. The event will be held at 4:00 pm at the Farmers Market on Cayret Street in Scott. The theme of the ceremony is "Honor the Veterans at the Rail."

2nd Annual Veterans Day Drive-by Parade

Lafayette Veterans Assisting Others are hosting their 2nd Annual Veterans Day Drive-by Parade on Thursday, November 11 from 4 pm - 6 pm under the overhead Gate 12 at the Cajundome Convention center, 444 Cajundome Blvd, Lafayette, La 70506. Veterans drive by and receive a hot meal, drinks, and informative handouts.

Fountain Memorial Funeral Home

Fountain Memorial Funeral Home is hosting a Veterans Day event on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at their funeral home. Program begins at 9:00 am event at their location on 1010 Pandora Street.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette Open House

University of Louisiana at Lafayette will hold an open house honoring those who have served on November 11 from 10:30 am to 3 pm at the Aleta House located at 1306 Johnson St, Lafayette 70503.

ST. LANDRY PARISH

Saturday, Nov. 6 at 2 PM Drive-by Veterans Parade in Opelousas, Park Vista School 1000 Abdalla Street.

St. Landry Parish Veterans Memorial Committee's 3rd Annual Hats Off to Veterans Luncheon
The celebration will begin at 11:30 A.M. and conclude at 1:00 P.M at the Yambilee Building in Opelousas. In addition to lunch; every veteran in attendance will be recognized by their Branch of Service, pinned with a Proud Veteran Lapel Pin, and will be given a gift bag with tokens of appreciation. Keynote Speaker is Dr. Kenneth Cochran, CEO of Opelousas General Health System. A special segment called "It's All Military" will feature some distinguished Veterans. The Veterans will be entertained by the MACA (Magnet Academy of Cultural Arts) Dance Team and Choir. The highlight of this event will be the "Promenade of Veterans."

Dinner Gathering for Veterans will be held Friday, November 12 at Opelousas South Park Teen Center, 1524 S. Market St., Opelousas from 5 pm - until

ST. MARY PARISH

Patterson's Veterans Day program will be held on November 11, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the parking lot of City Hall

Veterans Day Ceremony in Cypress Park
"Honoring All Who Served"
Nov. 11 at 11 A.M.
Cypress Park- The old Swamp Gardens
728 Myrtle Street Morgan City, LA
(Food will be available to purchase after the ceremony.)

Shoney’s will offer its free breakfast bar on Thursday, November 11 from open until 11 am.

VERMILION PARISH

Veteran Heritage Festival (November 11-13)

The Louisiana Military Museum will host its first Veteran Heritage Festival in Abbeville with multiple events and programs over three days designed for guests of all ages to honor our veterans and remember their stories.

Thursday, November 11- Bar-b-q Plate Lunch Pickup

11 am – 1 pm

The museum's Board of Directors will serve bar-b-q plate lunches on Veterans Day for pick-up at the museum from 11 am–1 pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at www.LaMilitaryMuseum.org. All proceeds benefit the 501(c)3 non-profit museum.

Friday, November 12- Field Trip Friday

10 am – 4 pm, Free Admission

Living history interpreters and veterans will bring history to life for students of all ages and abilities by sharing their stories, conducting interactive demonstrations, and facilitating educational programs. Brand-new museum exhibits and artifacts, including a War of 1812 cannon, Mexican-American War headstone, pair of Civil War pants, and a Spanish-American War/WWI ammunition cart help to tell the story of Louisiana's military history- from the French and Indian War to the present. Homeschool groups welcome. To make a reservation, please call 337.898.9645 or email info@LaMilitaryMuseum.org.

Saturday, November 13- Star-Spangled Saturday

10 am – 4 pm, Free Admission

Join them for a fun-filled day for the whole family that honors veterans and remembers their stories, from the French and Indian War to the present. Brand new museum exhibits include a Hall of Honor featuring Louisiana's 28 Medal of Honor recipients. New additions to our artifacts on exhibit include a War of 1812 cannon, Mexican-American War headstone, Spanish-American War/WWI ammunition cart, and various Civil War artifacts. Live music, good food, and a fun obstacle course will enhance the day's events.

The museum is located in the green hangar of the Chris Crusta Memorial Airport at 911 Revis Sirmon Loop, Abbeville, LA 70510. For more information, follow the Louisiana Military Museum on FaceBook, visit www.LaMilitaryMuseum.org or call 337.898.9645.

AROUND THE STATE:

A Thankful, Grateful, Blessed Fellowship Meal will be held on November 11 in the Westend Park meeting room from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Everyone present is asked to wear a mask.

BATON ROUGE

USS KIDD Veterans Museum is offering free admission for Veterans and their families this Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11. This is a wonderful time to visit the Museum and learn about the service and sacrifice of Louisiana's Veterans.

From the authentically restored National Historic Landmark USS KIDD to the intricate models and historic artifacts of the shoreside Museum, there is something to excite and intrigue nearly everyone. Learn more about Louisiana Veterans on their special day by visiting the Hall of Honor in the Museum.

Presented by Rhorer Mutual Industries, "Wheels of War," a traveling exhibit from the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, is on display through the end of the year. This exhibit provides a brief history of wartime railroads from the Civil War through World War II and highlights the military's need for a consistently dependable and fast railroad.

As an addition to the traveling exhibit, the Museum takes a look at the history of the Camp Claiborne – Camp Polk Military Railroad in Central Louisiana. Construction of this railroad began in 1941, before the United States officially entered World War II, and was completed in July 1942. The railroad was used to train Army Railroad Operating Battalions, as well as Engineering Battalions, and was used for experiments to determine the means necessary to derail enemy trains.

USS KIDD Veterans Museum is open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Call 225-342-1942 or visit the website at www.usskidd.com.

Aveda Arts and Sciences Baton Rouge will provide free haircuts for veterans and active duty members of the military on Thursday, November 11, from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. You can call 225-302-8730 to book an appointment. It's located at 2834 S Sherwood Forest Blvd Suite A in Baton Rouge.

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs will dedicate the Never Forget Garden under the Plaza at the Capitol Park Museum, which is located at 660 N. Fourth St. in downtown Baton Rouge, on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards will join LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland, COL (USA Retired) for the dedication.

“The dedication of the Never Forget Garden in our Veterans Park is important because it coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” said LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland, COL (USA Retired). “These gardens are being put in around the country as a constant reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by our service men and women who died with their remains unidentified.”

The National Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has enlisted the American Rose Society to encourage the creation of Never Forget Gardens to ensure the millions of American service members are forever honored and remembered. The garden in the Louisiana Veterans Memorial Park is a statewide volunteer project by Louisiana members of the American Rose Society, the Louisiana Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Louisiana Garden Club Federation.

2021 marks the centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Tomb is Arlington National Cemetery’s most iconic memorial and stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. Since 1921, it has provided a final resting place for one of America’s unidentified World War I service members, and Unknowns from later wars were added in 1958 and 1984. The Tomb has also served as a place of mourning and a site for reflection on military service.

If individuals cannot attend the event in person, it will be streamed live via LDVA’s Facebook page and via Zoom at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85911441301?pwd=SGptbExXYmRrK0xuZWxoYStzdUF5QT09.

For more information about the dedication or LDVA, visit vetaffairs.la.gov, email veteran@la.gov, call 225.219.5000 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Free deals and meals for veterans

Join Classic Auto Spa for Classic’s Veterans Day Celebration honoring all those that have served and are currently serving in our military! Receive a Free Platinum wash and be entered into our Classic Club Giveaway for a chance to win a 6-month Platinum membership when you show your military ID at any location. Offer valid on Thursday, November 11th with any form of military ID. Offer limited to one wash and entry per military ID. The winner of the giveaway will be chosen and contacted Friday, November 12th.

This Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 11, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is honoring the nation’s hero with a free Pulled Pork Sandwich to veterans who use the code VETFREE. Plus, from Nov. 11 through Dec. 31, Barbecue at Home by Dickey’s is taking 15% off all orders for veterans when they use the code VETERAN15

Chili's will offer a free meal from a select menu on November 11, with proof of military service. The free meal is available for in-restaurant only. Follow the link for details https://www.chilis.com/restaurant-events/veterans-day

Veterans and active-duty service members get a free "All You Care To Eat, Freshly Prepared Breakfast Bar" at Shoney's on November 11 until 11 am. Dine-in only. This discount is also available to first-responders, including police, firefighters, and EMTs (with ID). Follow the link for more information https://www.military.com/discounts/shoneys-veterans-day-military-discount

Veterans, active-duty and reserve service members, and their immediate family members get 10% off their entire purchase both in-store and online at Academy Sports + Outdoor from October 24 through November 15. Follow the link for more information https://www.military.com/discounts/academy-sports-outdoors-veterans-day-military-discount

Golden Corral: Golden Corral will serve a complimentary “thank you” meal to all active duty military personnel, retirees, National Guard, reserves and veterans of all branches of service on Military Appreciation Night (Veterans Day: November 11, 2021 from 5-9 p.m.) All active duty and retired U.S. military personnel are invited to visit their nearest Golden Corral to enjoy a free dinner buffet and beverage.
The Military Appreciation Night offer is available at all Golden Corral restaurants nationwide.

Walk-On’s : Walk-On’s is honoring veterans by offering all active and retired service members a complimentary Scholarship Burger & side of fries on Nov. 11.

Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel is inviting all veterans and active U.S. service members to enjoy a free $15 food credit to Mabel’s Kitchen in honor of Veterans Day. On Thursday, November 11, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. all veterans – including all active, retired, or former U.S. Military – are invited to take advantage of the limited-time offer. Mabel’s Kitchen is open Thursday, November, 11, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Guests must visit Club Cypress to receive the $15 food credit with a valid ID and proof of service. Proof of service includes military or VA card, or discharge papers. A free Club Cypress membership is required to redeem the offer. Limit one per person.

Free Pizza to Louisiana Veterans in Youngsville and other locations - To commemorate and honor those that have served in the military, Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys has partnered with Lit Pizza to give free pizzas to the first 25 veterans at every Lit Pizza location in Louisiana. To receive your free Lit Pizza, please visit any of the 12 locations. http://lit.pizza/ [lit.pizza]

Here's a list of restaurants and retailers that are offering deals and freebies on Veteran's Day.

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