November 11 is Veterans Day, when we recognize our veterans and active military for their service and sacrifice. The day represents the original signing of the armistice that put an end to WWI. Many of us have at least one soldier in the family, but if you don’t, seek one out and offer your gratitude. The best way to do this is to find events happening in your community.
My father is a Vietnam veteran and is still involved with his hometown Legion/VFW in Brookline. Each year Legion and VFW members, accompanied by local Color Guard and ROTC, walk from the Legion building at 386 Washington Street to the town hall for a Veterans Day ceremony. There will be a variety of speakers and music. Attendees are welcomed into the Legion following the ceremony to enjoy lunch. This event is always free and open to the public! This takes place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11.
Another option is Boston’s annual Veterans Day parade at 1 p.m. The route will begin at Boylston Street, make a left onto Tremont Street, then to Cambridge Street, ending at city hall.
I spoke with my local veterans office in Attleboro to find out what activities would be taking place near me. If you live in or around Attleboro or North Attleboro you have several options!
This Friday, November 6, at 10:30 a.m., you can bring your children to the Attleboro Public Library for story time, led by a member of the veterans department. Also in Attleboro, a ceremony will take place at Capron Park at 10 a.m. on Veterans Day. A breakfast for veterans will take place at the Bristol Lodge in North Attleboro from 8:30-10:30 a.m., followed by a ceremony at 11 a.m. downtown.
I’ve put together a list of places where our veterans and active military can enjoy great food or a fun-filled day with their families! I encourage you to seek out events happening in your community, or contact your local veterans office to find out how you can become more involved. If you are a military family, enjoy your day by taking advantage of one of the many activities available to you. To all the veterans, active military, and fallen heroes, we are beyond grateful for your service and sacrifice.
Bar Louie: The Boston and Patriot Place locations will be offering a free appetizer or entree to veterans and active military on November 10 and 11.
McCormick and Schmick’s: The Faneuil Hall location is offering a complimentary meal for veterans on November 8. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Cask ‘n Flagon: Veterans eat free with proper ID on Veterans Day.
Tours and day trips in and around Boston
The Hall at Patriot Place Presented by Raytheon: This modern “museum” is offering free admission to active military and veterans from November 9-15, with proper identification.
Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo: Veterans receive complimentary admission on November 11. Throughout the year, active military and their families receive a 50% discount at either Stone Zoo or Franklin Park Zoo.
Boston Duck Tours: Veterans can take free tours November 9-13, and tickets for accompanying family members are just $10. Tickets may be purchased at ticket booth locations throughout the city.
Old Sturbridge Village: Active, veteran, and retired military — as well as their families — receive complimentary admission!
Do you know a local veteran? How will you spend your Veterans Day?