This Tuesday, families across Rockdale and the country will stop to honor the men and women who serve in America's armed services.
Here are just a few of the events on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11:
Walk of Heroes Veteran's Day Ceremony
11 a.m., Walk of Heroes Veterans Memorial at Black Shoals Park, 3001 Black Shoals Rd., Conyers; The Georgia Veterans Memorial Park Foundation will host a Veterans Day program honoring late and current veterans next week. The key note speaker at the event will be Captain John Warren. He served in the United States Marine Corps for four years, from 2004-2008 and. In 2006, he fought in the Battle of Ramadi, which was part of the Iraq War. Warren is now president and founder of Lima One Capital, a lending company for residential real estate investors.l; For more, go to www.walkofheroes.org
American Legion Veteran's Day Ceremony
11 a.m.; American Legion Post 77, 674 American Legion Road, NE; honor guard, color guard; guest speaker Bob Green; luncheon afterwards; public invited
Ga. Piedmont Technical College Veterans Day Celebration
12-2 p.m. Luncheon; 4-6 p.m. Veteran and Military Support Center Reception; Ga. Piedmont Technical collge DeKalb Campus; To RSVP 404-297-9522 ext: 1165 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Davis Middle School Veterans Day events
11 a.m. chopper landing; 2 p.m. WWII biplane Stearman Squadron flyover, 2:30 p.m. ceremony at gym; guest speakers The News' "A Veteran's Story" columnist Pete Mecca and Herb Smith, former guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
Veterans are also eligible for a number of benefits, discounts and tokens of appreciation. Here are a few:
Free filing of discharge papers at Rockdale courts
Rockdale County Clerk of Courts Ruth A. Wilson is urging veterans of all military branches to have their DD-214 Military Discharge Papers recorded at the courthouse, free of charge, at the Real Estate office located at the Rockdale County Courthouse, 922 Court Street, Conyers. "Although veterans may have recorded their DD-214 in their hometown, or in a county or state far away from Rockdale County, we encourage them to record them here as well. The procedure is very simple." For more information, go to www.rockdaleclerk.com or call 770-278-7861.
Veterans Job Fair and Career Expo
Recovery Consultants of Atlanta is hosting a Veterans Job Fair on Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at their office, 3423 Covington Drive, Suite B, Decatur, GA, 30032. Call 404-289-0313 for more information.
A 10 percent discout ot active/retired military personnel and their families; military ID needed; examples include military ID, veteran ID, driver's license with veteran's designation, copy of the DD-214 discharge documents along with a driver's license
Free/discounted meals (according to gijobs.com):
Veterans and active duty military can choose a dish from their Thank You menu that includes seven entrées; beverage and gratuity not included. Military ID or proof of service required. Applebee's encourages guests to call their local Applebee's for more information.
All veterans and active military personnel who present a valid military ID are eligible for free all you can eat hotcakes from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Veterans Day.
California Pizza Kitchen
Choose a pizza, full-size salad, or pasta from the special Veterans Day menu. Dine-in only. They ask that you come in uniform or bring your military ID or other proof of service.
A free appetizer of your choice will be given to all active duty service members and veterans. Military ID or proof of service will be required.
Chili's is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of seven meals during the dinner hour, or any lunch combo during lunch. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service.
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Military veterans will be given a free All-American Burger with fries with purchase of beverage this Veterans Day. Offer is valid for dine-in only; please provide proof of service.
Free Build-Your-Own Grand Slam for military veterans from 5 a.m. to noon. Participating locations only.
Einstein Bros Bagels
Free coffee on Veterans Day at participating locations. Available to all active duty members and veterans with ID or proof of service.
Free breakfast, lunch or dinner. Breakfast offering is a free Big Two Do breakfast, which includes a coffee and the choice between French toast, buttermilk pancakes, or regular toast, along with bacon or sausage links and some eggs. Lunch or dinner includes an All-American Burger served with fries and a beverage. Offer available for active military and veterans with ID or discharge papers.
Golden Corral - 5-9 p.m. Nov. 17
The 14th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be available to any person who has ever served in the U.S. military. Veterans, retirees, active duty, and those currently serving in the National Guard or Reserves are invited to participate in Golden Corral's Military Appreciation Monday dinner. For more information visit www.goldencorral.com/military.
Hooters invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to enjoy a free meal, up to $10.99 in value, with any drink purchase by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any Hooters location across the country.
Free doughnut and small coffee on Veterans Day. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees and veterans. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.
Lone Star Steakhouse
All veterans and active duty military will be eligible for a free Starter. Military ID or proof of service will be required.
A complimentary Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage will be provided for veterans and active-duty military members. Proof of service required.
Max & Erma's
Participating Max & Erma's locations are offering military members and veterans a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo, which includes tortilla soup or side Caesar salad, seasoned fries and chocolate chip cookies. Dine-in only. Call ahead to verify participation. ID or proof of service required.
All veterans and current servicemembers will receive a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt on Veterans Day.
Olive Garden restaurants will be offering a free entrée from a special menu to active-duty military and veterans with proof of military service. The special menu features seven of Olive Garden's most popular items, including Smoked Chicken Mozzarella, Chicken Parmigiana, Cheese Ravioli, Garlic Rosemary Chicken, Penne Primavera and Spaghetti with Meat Sauce. The entrée is served with unlimited homemade soup or garden fresh salad and warm, garlic breadsticks.
On The Border
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina is saying "Thank You" more than 150 ways this Veterans Day, as all veterans and active duty military will receive, for FREE, OTB's "Create Your Own Combo menu," the restaurant's best-seller featuring more than 150 possible meal combinations, on Tuesday, Nov. 11.
Outback Steakhouse is honoring America's military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a free Bloomin' Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage. This offer is available to military personnel and veterans with ID. You'll also receive 15 percent off all of your meals from Nov. 12-Dec. 31, 2014
Perkin's Restaurant & Bakery
Participating restaurants are offering current service members and veterans a free Magnificent Seven meal, which includes two eggs, three buttermilk pancakes and a choice of two bacon strips or two sausage links. Beverage not included. Call ahead to verify participation. ID or proof of service will be required.
Free Appetizer will be provided on Veterans Day with military ID or proof of service. Vets may choose from a select list of appetizers.
Shoney's is offering a free All-American Burger to all vets. Offer is valid for dine-in only, and beverage, tax and gratuity are not included. There is a limit of one per day per military service member and the offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offers. Shoney's military guests will need to provide proof of military service
A free tall brewed coffee will be given to all active duty military, veterans and their spouses. Participating stores only; please provide proof of ID.
All U.S. locations are offering a free donut to all active duty service members and veterans. No purchase necessary. Proof of service required.
Uno Chicago Grill
Free individual pizza or entrée with the purchase of a pizza or entrée of equal or greater value. Available for all active duty and veterans. No coupon necessary; proof of service required. Don't forget to tell the staff you are there that day to support Fisher House, and a portion of your party's check will go to benefit the Fisher House Foundation military charity.
Free "Red, White and Blue pancakes" 7 A.M. - 7 P.M. Tuesday for vets and active-duty military
Chuck E. Cheese
Twenty free tokens to U.S. military vets and active-duty military Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 15