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Thank you for your Service | Veterans Day events and freebies

Veterans Day is celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 11
Students and staff created a flag memorial in Circle Park to commemorate Veterans Day.

TENNESSEE, USA — Veterans Day is here. Several businesses are recognizing and rewarding those who served in the military to protect others.

We rounded up places in East Tennessee so you can spend less time searching and more time enjoying the events, deals, and freebies being offered to veterans. 


  • Operation Last Mile is hosting a Veterans Day 5K 2021 on Saturday, Nov. 13 starting at 9 a.m. Runners will start at the Blackhorse Pub and Brewery on 441 N Hall Rd, Alcoa, TN 37701. 
  • Anderson County 14th Annual Veterans Day Parade will be held on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, at 6 p.m. in downtown Clinton, TN. The parade is set to begin on Market Street in Clinton and travel down Main Street.
  • 96th annual Veterans Day parade in downtown Knoxville on Thursday, Nov. 11. The parade will start at the Knoxville Coliseum at 10:40 a.m. 
  • 'Veteran Wave' at Roane State Community College: Retired U.S. Army Col. Dr. Gary Goff, former president of Roane State, will be the keynote speaker during a ceremony at 11 a.m. in front of the community college’s O’Brien Building on the Roane County Campus. Local veterans, their families, and the public are invited to attend. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held inside the O’Brien Theatre. The “Veteran Wave” event is part of a collaborative project by Roane State and its Office of Veteran Services. Sponsored American flags will be on display thanks to the project. Each one will represent a veteran and will be displayed periodically for two years.

Deals and Discounts:

  • Walgreens: Military personnel, veterans, and their families can get 20% off select items when using myWalgreens membership spanning from Nov. 11-14. 
  • Publix: Veterans and families can save 10% on select groceries. The offer is valid for in-store purchases only. 
  • Target: 10% discount for Veterans and their families full basket. Customers must register for Target Circle and verify military status to receive the offer. 


  • IHOP: All active-duty military and veterans can eat free Red, White, and Blue pancakes on Thursday, Nov. 11 until 7 p.m.
  • Grace for Vets: Veterans and service personnel can get a free car wash on Thursday, Nov. 11. Grace for Vets is a nonprofit that operates over 1,500 independent car washes. Click here to find a participating location near you. 
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: Free order of boneless wings and fries.
  • Red Lobster: Veterans, reservists, and active-duty military can receive a free appetizer or dessert on Thursday, Nov. 11. 
  • Chili's: Veterans can get a free meal from select menu items on Thursday, Nov. 11. Only applies to dine-in guests. 
  • Shoney's: All-you-can-eat meal from breakfast bar on Thursday, Nov. 11 until 11:00 a.m. 
  • Denny's: Free meal for active, non-active, or retired military personnel on select menu items from 5 a.m.-12 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11. 
  • Gambuzza's Barbershop is offering free haircuts for military veterans and active service members on Thursday, Nov. 11. 
  • Active duty military personnel and veterans can throw axes for free on Thursday, Nov. 11 at Craft Axe Throwing in Knoxville. 
  • McDonald's: Offering free breakfast combo meal to all veterans on Thursday, Nov. 11 during breakfast hours. 

Veterans may be required to present a valid military I.D or VA benefits card to receive offers.