Veterans Day began in 1918 as Armistice Day, and marked the one year anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I. In 1954, the day was officially changed as a day to honor all veterans.
Updated for 2013.
New Mexico Veterans Art Show
Come out and support your local artists, who in this case, happen to be veterans. The show opens at 6 p.m. Friday, November 8, and runs several weekends: November 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show is located at the Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds Fine Arts Building.
The 15th annual VA/HIS Native American Veterans Symposium will take place on November 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Route 66 Hotel and Casino in Albuquerque. Agencies will have the latest information about federal, state and local health benefits available for Native American veterans and their families. Lunch included for those who pre-register.
Veterans Stories at Casa San Ysidro
Casa San Ysidro in Corrales will be open from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, featuring Corrales veterans and their stories. The free program includes a walking tour to the graves of four Corrales veterans representing four wars. Walking tours begin at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Veterans Parade and Memorial Ceremony in Albuquerque
There will be a parade featuring restored military vehicles that begins at 9 a.m. on Veteran's Day, November 11. The parade begins at Bullhead Park on south San Pedro, then moves northwest past the Veterans Hospital onto Ridgecrest. The parade will continue east along Gibson to Louisiana, where it will turn north and head to Veterans Memorial Park at 1100 Lousiana NE. At 10 a.m., there will be a musical prelude, and at 11 a.m., a ceremony will ensue. Governor Susanna Martinez will speak beginning at 11 a.m. Park at the Kirtland Federal Credit Union at Louisiana and Gibson. Shuttles will be available.
Native American Museum of Art and Culture
The museum will have a veterans ceremony on November 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to honor Native American veterans.
A ceremony will take place at the UNM flagpole at Scholes Hall at 9 a.m. on November 11. The raising of the colors will begin at 9 a.m. at the south of Scholes Hall, followed by speakers Kelsey Davis, president of Student Veterans of UNM, Tomas A. Aguirre, UNM Dean of Students (a veteran), and Lt. Cmdr. Marilyn Dykman, USCG, retired. At 9:15 a.m., a moment of silence and a reading of the names of the UNM 2013 National Roll Call for New Mexican veterans who died during service in Iraq will be read. Following the ceremony, the Veterans Resource Center will host an open house in the UNM Student Union Building, room 2002, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
CNM will have a week of activities to honor veterans, beginning with a ceremony at 10 a.m. on November 11 at the main campus flagpole. Dean of Students Dr. Rudy Garcia will welcome guests. A parade of colors will be presented by the Kirtland Honor Guard. Other guest speakers include CNM Katharine Winograd and Navajo Code Talker David Patterson, Sr. The same agenda will be followed November 12 at Montoya Campus. A veteran's day resource fair will be held on November 13.
Angel Fire Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park
A ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on November 11 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park in Angel Fire.
Santa Fe Veterans Parade and Ceremony
A parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on November 11 at Fire Station #1, progressing to downtown Santa Fe. A ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Call Therese Prada at (505) 955-6043 for information on the parade. Contact Dante Halleck at (505) 231-4018 for info on the ceremony.
Specials for Veterans
When planning on a meal at one of the restaurants with special offers, be sure to bring along your proof of military service. Call ahead to verify participation and to be sure you have the ID they require. Be sure to call the restaurant before leaving home to be sure they are taking part. Some of the nationwide chains offer the meals only at certain locations.
Veterans and active duty military personnel can choose from a selection of entree items at participating Applebee's restaurants on November 11. Dine in only. Proof of service is needed.
California Pizza Kitchen
The pizza kitchen offers veterans and those in active military duty a free pizza and non-alcoholic beverage on November 11. Come in uniform or bring your military ID.
Active and retired military vets have a choice of one of seven meals on November 11. Beverages and gratuity are not included. The free meal is offered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at participating locations. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service. Visit their website for details and locations.
Denny's will have a Veterans Appreciation event on Monday, November 12. Free all you can eat pancakes will be available for all active, retired veterans with valid military ID or proof of military service. The offer is available at Denny's locations nationwide from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fox and Hound
The Fox and Hound will give veterans and active military a free burger on November 11.
Golden Corral Restaurants
A free "thank you" dinner is available to veterans of the armed forces, or anyone serving in the National Guard or Reserves. Show your VA card from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, November 11.
For one week, beginning November 11, Veterans Day, through November 17, HoneyBaked will offer a free lunch to patrons with a military ID. Lunch includes a sandwich, chips, cookies and a drink. The offer is valid for one person per visit.
Get a free doughnut and small coffee at participating Krispy Kreme stores on November 11. The offer is available to all active duty, retirees and veterans. Call ahead to see if your location is participating.
Little Caesars will give veterans and active military a free order of crazy bread on November 11.
Lone Star Steakhouse
Lone Star offers veterans and active duty military a buy one entree, get one on Monday, November 11.
Olive Garden offers veterans a free entree on November 11. Choose from a special menu for your entree, and your meal includes garlic sticks and a choice of soup or salad.
Veterans and active military receive a free Bloomin' Onion and beverage as a thank you for Veterans Day. The offer is good for November 11. Outback is also giving out a 10% military discount off the check from November 12 to December 31.
Red Lobster offers a free appetizer November 11 - 14. Choose from a select list of appetizers. Good with military ID or proof of service.
T.G.I.Friday's offers a free lunch for current military members and veterans from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check your local restaurant for details.
Turtle Mountain Brewing Company
Turtle Mountain in Rio Rancho offers 15% off food and non-alcoholic beverages on Veterans Day for veterans and active duty personnel. They also give $1 off every house-brewed beer you purchase.
Village Inn will offer veterans and active military personnel their choice of buttermilk pancakes, French toast or Belgian waffle on November 11. Check to see which locations are participating.
Other Specials, Discounts and Free Offers
National Museum of Nuclear Science and History
The museum is offers free admission on November 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to all service members, past and present, who show military ID.
The home store will offer discounts to veterans on in-store purchases year round. The offer is good for any in-stock and special order purchase up to $5,000. The discount is available any day of the year for Albuquerque metro stores. Present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Sales via Lowes.com, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards are not eligible.
Home Depot has made a commitment to veterans in helping them repair their homes and more. Home Depot wants to ensure that every veteran has a place to call home.
Discounted Hugo Canes
U.S. military veterans in need of mobility assistance can get discounts on Hugo canes.
Free B&B Stay
Inns and B&Bs throughout North America will be saying thanks to those who have served their country by having them wake up at a B&B on veterans day. Good for active and retired military and vets plus one guest on November 10 and 11.
Free Entry to National Parks
Over 100 national parks will waive their entry fees in honor of Veteran's Day. The free days for 2013 are November 9-11.
New Mexico Gold Star Family License Plate
New Mexico families who have lost a family member to combat action are eligible to receive a free Gold Star license plate. The first plate is free, with a four plate limit per family. These are also free, but families are responsible for at $17 plate registration fee. Applicants should contact their nearest office of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services to apply.
Veteran's Day is a national holiday, and this year it falls on Monday, November 11. To honor the holiday, the following government offices are closed on Monday, November 11:
City Community Centers
City child development centers
City health and social services centers
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
East and Westside Animal Welfare Shelters
National Hispanic Cultural Center
Shooting Range Park
Open Space Visitor Center
County Community Centers
Courts (Federal, State and Metro)
Albuquerque Public Schools will be closed.