Armistice Day? Ever hear of it or ever wonder why we will celebrate Veterans day on Nov. 11th?
Veterans day originated in U.S. history as Armistice Day. Armistice Day was the celebration of the end of World War 1, when the treaty (Armistice) was signed on November 11. It was a holiday to commemorate the heroism of those that died for our country.
However, in 1954, Armistice Day was changed to “Veterans Day.” This was done in an effort to pay tribute to our veterans from all U.S. wars. This tradition continues even now, and as you know Veterans Day 2016 is fast approaching.
While you are celebrating, please keep in mind that we don’t celebrate Veterans Day for fun and games. We do it because we believe in our military and their sacrifices. We believe we wouldn’t have the freedoms we have if it weren’t for their sacrifice.
Finally, onto the good stuff! We are not the only ones that believe in our Veterans. Many organizations and businesses feel the same way. In the spirit of celebration and thanks, several companies are offering a ton of resources and freebies for Veterans Day 2016.
Here are our favorite freebies and discounts:
Free Oil Change!
Oil changes are free or discounted to Veterans and active duty armed force members at many participating local oil change centers. This includes participating name brand oil service centers like Meineke and Jiffy Lube. Call stores in your local area to confirm. Many are offering the free oil change for several days surrounding Veterans Day 2016. Take the afternoon off from car maintenance. You deserve it.
Home Depot offers a free “Build a Veterans Day Jet” workshop for children ages 5-12 to help teach them about Veterans Day. This event is from 9am-12pm, while supplies last. Register online, or arrive at the allotted time, while supplies last. Additionally, Home Depot offers a 10% discount to all military veterans on Veterans Day 2016.
Take a quick Veterans Day 2016 getaway with your spouse (kids optional!). You can get a free night stay with the “6th Annual B&B’s for Vets” military special. Check our link for participating B&B’s. You’ve certainly earned a free night stay at a Bed and Breakfast!
Discounted (and sometimes free) tickets!
Many local sports teams are offering discounted/free tickets for Veterans and active duty personnel. Therefore, you should check your local team’s website for deals. For example, the Boston Bruins (and other hockey teams) host a Military appreciation night. They offer tickets donated by civilians and provide them to Veterans. Additionally, some teams (Carolina Hurricanes are one) offer discounted Military Rush Night tickets to Veterans.
Similarly, Veterans and Active Duty military can receive location-based discounts or free admission to theme parks. In particular, this Veterans promotion includes SeaWorld (Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego), and Busch Gardens (Tampa, Williamsburg). Active duty military members who already used their free admission for the year can also get 50% off tickets. Be sure to check the website for details.
Unleash your inner child. Or just bring your kids out for a fun day. Either way, Legoland Florida is offering a free ticket, plus six additional tickets for 50% off to Veterans from November 1-20. Additionally, you and your family can enjoy 10% off of food and beverage items! As with the other offers, check the website for details.
Additional Veterans Day 2016 Resources:
There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of benefits for Veterans on Veterans Day 2016. You just have to look. MilitaryBenefits.info is a great website that provides an enormous amount of information for veterans. As with previous years, they keep an online database for all the benefits available for Veterans Day 2016. So, we went ahead and broke it down to save you some time.
Here is a site that keeps a list of all national Veterans Day 2016 discounts and free services. These can range from haircuts to hotels. Also, note that this page is updated weekly.
Here, you can find a complete list of restaurants that offer free meals for veterans on Veterans Day 2016. At the time of this publication, there were over 35 different restaurants, pizzerias, and cafes included.
Here is a state-by-state database for Veterans Day 2016 discounts and freebies. Thus, making it easy for veterans and their family members to find benefits they can actually use quickly. However, it is not an all-inclusive list. So you may need to use the above resources if you’re looking for something in particular.
We hope you find this list useful. More importantly, we hope you enjoy your Veterans Day 2016! From us to you – Happy Veterans Day!