2016 Veterans Day Events and Activities in Phoenix

Veterans Day Events in the West Valley

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Each November we stop and take a few moments to honor America's veterans on Veterans Day.

Page 1: Veterans Day Celebrations: West Valley
Page 2: Veterans Day Celebrations: Scottsdale and East Valley
Page 3: Veterans Day Celebrations: Anthem, Phoenix
Page 4: Restaurant, Spa and Retail Deals

This page includes ceremonies in the West Valley communities of Avondale, Glendale, Goodyear, Peoria, Sun City. I continue to add events as the details are announced, so check back often.

If you arrived at this page but you were actually looking for Memorial Day activities and events in May, you can find those here. Many people confuse the two! Technically, Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who have died while serving. Veterans Day is a day to honor those among us who have served or are serving now. No matter -- as long as we take the time to be thankful to those who serve or have served for the freedoms that we enjoy.

Veterans Day 5K in Peoria

The Veterans Day Run is part of the City of Peoria Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony. It is a 5K run, along with a Family Fun Walk and Kids' Mile Run on New River Trail
In 2016: Saturday, November 5
Place: Rio Vista Recreation Center
Starting Time for Event: 7:30 a.m. check-in
Cost: Entry fee for run and walk, register online.
Get More Information: online

Peoria Tribute to Veterans

The City of Peoria and the Peoria Veterans Memorial Board will be unveiling an updated and enhanced Veterans Memorial Wall.

This wall was created to honor those men and women who are currently serving and have served our country. Following the Veterans Day Fun Run, Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat ands other dignitaries will speak before the unveiling of the memorial. The Veterans Memorial Wall, a citizen-led project, is 88 feet long and made of black granite that recognizes the five branches of the armed forces: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.

The United States Great Seal is boldly represented on the first eight-foot panel section along with the five service branches and a special tribute that states, “This memorial is dedicated by the city of Peoria to all of those who have served and are serving our country in the defense of freedom.”
In 2016: Saturday, November 5
Place: Rio Vista Community Park
Starting Time for Event: following the run (above)
Cost: free
Get More Information: online

Glendale Community College

Glendale Community College honors veterans and commemorates Pearl Harbor with displays, special guest speakers, dedications, and refreshments (while supplies last).
In 2016: Thursday, November 10
Place: 6000 W. Olive Ave., Glendale (Central Mall)
Starting Time for Event: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Tribute to Veterans

Free event paying tribute to the sacrifices made by the men and women of the armed forces, along with their families, in serving our country. All five branches of the military are invited to participate. A unique, veteran created piece of art will be unveiled at this year’s tribute event. Titled “Brotherhood,” the piece was conceptualized, designed, and fabricated by 20 veterans in WHAM Art Association's Art: A Path to Healing program.

Veterans attended a professional artist-led class once a month for a year to create the art, which stands as a permanent reminder of the camaraderie that all veterans have for one another. The formal tribute program begins at 3:15 p.m. with the national anthem and the presenting of the colors. Opening remarks will be delivered by Mayor Georgia Lord followed by a keynote address by retired Lieutenant Colonel David Fitzgerald and Dr. Donna Fitzgerald. The day of tribute will feature a variety of ways to honor our Veterans including: Community vendors; Interactive Flag Garden; Military displays; Mobile museum; Patriotic-themed chalk art; Veteran artwork dedication; Youth performances.
Goodyear Ballpark
In 2016: Friday, November 11 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Avondale Veterans Day Fitness Fun Run

A family fun event.

Includes a 5K fitness challenge run with boot camp-like obstacles. Boot camp stations could include timed sit-ups and push-ups, ammo can lifts, tire flipping and more, all concluding with an awesome (safe!) grenade toss. After the run, a Warrior's Breakfast, musical entertainment, and more fun. The event concludes by paying our respects to the Veterans in attendance, with dignitary speakers from around the valley. All net proceeds of the run will go directly to the implementation of The West Valley Center for Military & Veteran Success. Breakfast is $5 per person, free for veterans and their families with military identification. Breakfast is also included as part of the registration cost for Fitness Fun Run participants. Run registration is $25 for military, veterans, and those that pre-register online through October 26. Event day registration is $35. Register by October 26 to be guaranteed a free event performance t-shirt and bag of giveaways.
In 2016: Friday, November 11
Place: Estrella Mountain Community College
Starting Time for Event: 7 a.m. check in, 8 a.m. run
Get More Information: online

Veterans Day Celebration in Surprise

To honor of our veterans and salute to those who are currently serving in our armed forces. Pancake Breakfast ($4 per meal) starts at 7 a.m. and is sponsored and catered by Nick's Diner. It is followed by the Veterans Day Parade at 9:30 a.m.
In 2016: Friday, November 11
Place: Surprise Recreation Campus (map)
Get More Information: online

Glendale's Veterans Day Ceremony

The City of Glendale and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Military & Veterans Affairs Committee invite the public to attend the 14th annual Veterans Day Ceremony. The ceremony will begin inside the library auditorium with special keynote speaker, Chief Master Sergeant John Sawyer of the 56th Operations Group at Luke Air Force Base. Following the keynote speaker, the ceremony will continue outside on the lawn of the library, adjacent to the Glendale Veterans Memorial, and include a flag raising, with an American flag, an Arizona State flag and a POW/MIA flag. Commissioned by the Glendale Public Art Program with major funding through the city's 1 percent for Art Fund, artist Joe Tyler’s memorial is officially titled “For Every Drop of Blood—For Every Life Devoted.” In addition, members of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary will offer balloons for attendees to release at the conclusion of the event with a special note attached in honor of Arizona’s service men and women. This event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be provided, while supplies last. Please note that the Glendale Main Library itself will be closed for the holiday, although the auditorium wing will be open for this event. Note: the Glendale Main Library itself will be closed for the holiday, although the auditorium wing will be open for this event.
In 2016: Wednesday, November 11 at 9 a.m.
Place: Glendale Main Library
Get More Information: online

Maricopa County Parks Honor Our Veterans

In 2005, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors issued a formal proclamation resolving that each Veterans Day from that point forward would be observed as Military Service Appreciation Day at all Maricopa County Parks. All active and non-active military personnel are encouraged to visit any of the county’s parks and enjoy affordable recreation. The $6 entry fee per carload will be waived for military personnel. Maricopa County Parks in the West Valley: Adobe Dam, Buckeye Hills, Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant, Lake Pleasant, Estrella Mountain, White Tank Mountain.
In 2016: Friday, November 11
Get More Information: online

Salute Our Troops Run in Goodyear

A 10K, 5K and Family Fun Run with vendor expo, bounce houses, professional sports team mascot appearances, kids craft area, music, special guest appearances, a military honor wall. The Greater Cause Foundation raises money to support and honor our active military and veterans. A portion of the proceeds from this event benefits the Military Assistance Mission,  a local non-profit that provides financial and morale support to active duty military, their families and wounded warriors. Registration includes commemorative Salute Our Troops Tech Running Shirt (10k and 5k only), Chip Timing, Patriotic Sunglasses, Custom Bib, and Honor Sticker. Active and retired military members enter code "MILITARY" to receive 20% off registration.10K starts at 8:30 a.m., 5K starts at 8:45 a.m., fun run starts at 9:45 a.m.
In 2016: no event in 2016. Will return in 2017.
Place: Estrella Lakeside, Goodyear
Starting Time for Event: 7:30 a.m. check-in
Get More Information and Register: online

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Page 4: Restaurant, Spa and Retail Deals

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

Each November we stop and take at least a few moments to honor America's veterans on Veterans Day.

Page 1: Veterans Day Celebrations: West Valley
Page 2: Veterans Day Celebrations: Scottsdale and East Valley
Page 3: Veterans Day Celebrations: Anthem, Phoenix
Page 4: Restaurant, Spa and Retail Deals

This page includes ceremonies in Scottsdale and the East Valley communities of Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe.

I continue to add events as the details are announced, so check back often.

If you arrived at this page but you were actually looking for Memorial Day activities and events in May, you can find those here. Many people confuse the two!

Veterans Resource Expo

Showcasing college and community resources, career, and educational opportunities for veterans. Guest speaker Sgt. Gerry Jones, USMC, renowned architect and co-founder of the Town of Carefree, will share his story of service as a Marine in World War II and Korea at about 2 p.m. Light refreshments served (while supplies last).
Place: Chandler-Gilbert Community College, 2626 E Pecos Rd, Chandler (Agave Hall Community Room and Courtyard)
In 2016: Thursday, November 3
Starting Time for Event: 1 p.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Safety and Veterans Expo (S.A.V.E.)

A free event for the entire family and the Veterans community. Attendees can learn about personal and property safety, fire and crime prevention methods, how to obtain a city building permit and sign up for services and programs provided by City of Chandler departments.

Veterans will be able to receive claims assistance from the Veterans Health Administration and get information from other veterans’ service organizations. Attendees also are encouraged to bring any documents they want shredded onsite as well as electronics they would like to have safely disposed. The shredding service is being provided by ProShred and eGreen IT Solution and sponsored by local Home Depots.

Public safety vehicles will be on display and food trucks will be onsite selling a variety of culinary delights. During the event, attendees can hear "Courageous Stories of Arizona Military Aviators," featuring helicopter pilots who served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan sharing some of their experiences. This presentation will be held in the Council Chambers, from 10 a.m. to noon.  Free event parking is available in the City Hall garage located on Washington Street, between Frye Road and Chicago Street.
In 2016: Saturday, November 5
Place: Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler
Starting Time for Event: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Scottsdale Community College

Veterans, students and the community are invited to a recognition ceremony for current and former military members as part of its Veterans Day celebration at Two Waters Circle. Veterans will be saluted with honor, respect, and gratitude. Light refreshments will be served (while supplies last).
In 2016: Thursday, November 10
Place: 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale
Starting Time for Event: 8:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Town of Gilbert Veterans Day Ceremony

Presentation of colors, music by local schools, special guest speakers, refreshments, and more.


In 2016: Thursday, November 10
Place: Gilbert Municipal Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, southeast of Gilbert and Warner Roads
Starting Time for Event: 11 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Mesa Community College

Local organizations will share information on educational, recreational, and volunteer opportunities in the community. Local band Struck Match will perform and take requests from veterans from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Michael Somsan, a veteran and blind ironman, will tell his inspirational story and speak with attendees about his experiences and athletic accomplishments from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A Marine Corps birthday cake cutting will take place at 12:15 p.m.
In 2016: Thursday, November 10
Place: Southern & Dobson campus, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa (Center Courtyard)
Starting Time for Event: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

East Valley Veterans Parade

The Military Veterans Parade Association (MVPA) is a small, all-volunteer non-profit that has been putting on the East Valley Veterans Parade since 2006 to honor our community's military veterans, active military and their families. The parade will begin at the intersection of Center Street and University Drive and will travel south on Center Street and turn west on First Street. The parade will continue on First Street to Robson where it will end.  See pictures of the parade. Prior to the parade, at 10:30 a.m., a brief program will include A Hero's Welcome. This program will recognize and honor nominated active military or retired veterans who are City of Mesa residents for their service to our country. Parade starts at 11 a.m. sharp.
In 2016: Friday, November 11
Place: Downtown Mesa (accessible by Valley Metro Rail)
Starting Time for Event: 11 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Benefit Concert in Mesa

Immediately following the parade mentioned above, a free Veterans’ Benefit Concert will be held at the Mesa Arts Center. Help support the Mesa Veteran’s Programs while enjoying a free concert, live performers, food trucks and more. Donations will benefit Housing Our Heroes to provide housing for homeless veterans.
In 2016: Friday, November 11 from noon to 2 p.m. (immediately following the East Valley Veterans Parade)
Place: Mesa Arts Center Alliance Pavilion Stage, 1 E. Main St. in Downtown Mesa (accessible by ValleyMetro Rail)
Cost: Free, donations appreciated
Get More Information: online

Patriotic Concert in Mesa

The Salt River Brass annual tribute to America including patriotic selections.
In 2016: Sunday, November 13 at 3 p.m.
Place: Mesa Arts Center
Starting Time for Event: 3 p.m.
Cost: $17 - $24  general admission
Get More Information: online

Maricopa County Parks Honor Our Veterans

In 2005, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors issued a formal proclamation resolving that each Veterans Day from that point forward would be observed as Military Service Appreciation Day at all Maricopa County Parks. All active and non-active military personnel are encouraged to visit any of the county’s parks and enjoy affordable recreation. The $6 entry fee per carload will be waived for military personnel. Maricopa County Parks in Scottsdale/East Valley: McDowell Mountain, San Tan Mountain, Usery Mountain.
In 2016: Friday, November 11
Get More Information: online

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Page 2: Veterans Day Celebrations: Scottsdale and East Valley
Page 3: Veterans Day Celebrations: Anthem, Phoenix
Page 4: Restaurant, Spa and Retail Deals

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

 Each November we stop and take at least a few moments to honor America's veterans on Veterans Day.

Page 1: Veterans Day Celebrations: West Valley
Page 2: Veterans Day Celebrations: Scottsdale and East Valley
Page 3: Veterans Day Celebrations: Anthem, Phoenix
Page 4: Restaurant, Spa and Retail Deals

This page includes ceremonies in Phoenix and Maricopa County Parks. I continue to add events as the details are announced, so check back often.

If you arrived at this page but you were actually looking for Memorial Day activities and events in May, you can find those here. Many people confuse the two!

Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade

More than 100 entrants will march in the parade hosted by Daisy Mountain Veterans. Parade route begins at Gavilan Peak Parkway and ends at the Community Center. This year’s parade will honor Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm Veterans.
In 2016: Saturday, November 5
Place: Anthem Community Park
Starting Time for Event: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Paradise Valley Community College Flag Raising Ceremony

Opening remarks from PVCC Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Veronica Garcia, followed by the National Anthem performed by PVCC administrative assistant Aliceann Lunceford, the raising of the American flag by the USMC recruiting office Honor Guard, and the Pledge of Allegiance led by the PVCC Veterans Club.


In 2016: Monday, November 7
Place: 18401 N. 32nd St, Phoenix
Starting Time for Event: 8:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Veterans Day Sunset Tribute & Dinner

Join veterans groups, color guards, performers and speakers at the American Indian Veterans National Memorial for a special sunset tribute.

The one-hour ceremony begins at 5 p.m.; it is free and open to the public but RSVP is required. A reception commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War will follow, inside the museum’s Steele Auditorium. Come earlier in the day to enjoy the Larry Redhouse Trio performing standard and original compositions combining traditional jazz, Latin and funk in the central courtyard from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In 2016: Monday, November 7
Place: Heard Museum, Phoenix at the American Indian Veterans National Memorial
Starting Time for Event: 5 p.m.
Get More Information: online

Gateway Community College

GateWay to the Arts, in honor of Veterans Day and in cooperation with the GateWay Veterans Center and the United States Navy, presents “The Flying Fleet.” Join military and color guard guests of honor at the screening of this classic silent film from 1929. Park in west lot off of 38th Street across from the Copper Room, located in the Integration Education building, or ride the Light Rail to the GateWay Community College stop.
In 2016: Monday, November 7
Place: 108 N. 40th St., Phoenix (Copper Room/IE1302)
Starting Time for Event: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Paradise Valley Community Veterans Appreciation BBQ

Proceeds benefit the Veterans Club support activities.

The menu features hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and water.
In 2016: Wednesday, November 9
Place: 18401 N. 32nd St, Phoenix (KSC Courtyard)
Starting Time for Event: 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $5 donation, free for veterans and families with military identification
Get More Information: online

Phoenix College Flag Raising and Appreciation Fair

Members of the Marine Corps Honor Guard will perform an early morning flag raising followed by a coffee and doughnut reception inside of the college's Hannelly Center. The Veteran Appreciation Fair at Sophomore Square will include fun, games, and food, as well as several employers on-site who are interested in hiring veterans. 
In 2016: Wednesday, November 9
Place: 1202 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix
Starting Time for Event: flag raising at 7:30 a.m.; Fair at noon
Cost: free
Get More Information: online

South Mountain Community College Veterans Storytelling

Features South Mountain's post-9/11 Veterans telling their personal stories in their own words.
In 2016: Thursday, November 10
Place: South Mountain Community Library, 7050 S 24th St., Phoenix
Starting Time for Event: 6 p.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Anthem Celebrates Veterans Day

At 11:11 a.m. each year on 11/11, the sun's rays shine through the five pillars of the Anthem Veterans Memorial, representing the five branches of the military, to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States. This year the Anthem Community Council and the Anthem Veterans Memorial Support Team celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Memorial's dedication. The ceremony at the Memorial is expected to last about 70 minutes and lead directly to the 11:11 a.m. solar spotlight at the AVM (viewable via LED screens). Seating and parking are limited. The lot adjacent to the Memorial is reserved for ADA and credential parking only. The middle and lower lots at the park, accessible from Gavilan Peak Parkway and Whitman Drive, will be open; offsite parking is available at the shopping plaza across from the park. Shuttles will run from Boulder Creek High School’s parking lot from 8 to 9:30 a.m., and return from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Local residents are encouraged to walk, bike or carpool to the event. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early; bring lawn chairs and water; wear red, white and blue; and bring small hand-held U.S. flags. Special programming will commemorate the occasion, including a fundraising pancake breakfast hosted by St. Rose Knights of Columbus, beginning at 8 a.m. The program honoring our veterans and their families will also include addresses by noteworthy veterans; patriotic music by ProMusica Arizona, Musical Theatre of Anthem and an all Anthem/New River school youth choir; a "Thank a Veteran" card-writing station and military aircraft flyovers.
In 2016: Friday, November 11
Place: Anthem Veterans Memorial at Anthem Community Park
Starting Time for Event: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Phoenix Veterans Day Parade

Featuring nearly 100 parade entries, the Veterans Day Parade is a showcase of military and civilian marching units, color guards, military vehicles, equestrian units, floats, balloons, and bands. Veterans' organizations, floats, bands, military vehicles, color guards, a military flyover and the 108th Army National Guard Band are also part of this event. The parade travels south on Central Avenue from Montebello Drive to Camelback Road, turns east on Camelback Road to 7th Street, turns south on 7th Street and ends at Indian School Road. See photos from a previous year (the parade was previously sponsored by the VA).
In 2016: Friday, November 11
Place: Central Phoenix
Starting Time for Event: 11 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Veterans Day Gourd Dance

The public is invited to attend the annual Veterans Day Gourd Dance and Potluck at Pueblo Grande Museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to honor the memory of all Veterans who served our nation. Gourd dancing is conducted by the Arizona Territory Gourd Society, a non-profit group of American Indian United States War Veterans and their families who celebrate and support the local Arizona veteran community. Bring your favorite potluck dish to share during the break between dances. 
In 2016: Friday, November 11
Place: Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix
Starting Time for Event: 11 a.m.
Cost: Free admission
Get More Information: online

Maricopa County Parks Honor Our Veterans

In 2005, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors issued a formal proclamation resolving that each Veterans Day from that point forward would be observed as Military Service Appreciation Day at all Maricopa County Parks. All active and non-active military personnel are encouraged to visit any of the county’s parks and enjoy affordable recreation. The $6 entry fee per carload will be waived for military personnel. Maricopa County Parks in Phoenix/Cave Creek: Cave Creek, Spur Cross Ranch.
In 2016: Friday, November 11
Get More Information: online

Team RWB Phoenix Veteran's Day 10k, 5k

A 10K run, 5K run and 1 Mile Run/Walk. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to Team Red, White and Blue. Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.
In 2016: Saturday, November 12
Place: Arizona Falls, 5802 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
Starting Time for Event: 9 a.m.
Cost: $35
Get More Information: online

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Page 1: Veterans Day Celebrations: West Valley
Page 2: Veterans Day Celebrations: Scottsdale and East Valley
Page 3: Veterans Day Celebrations: Anthem, Phoenix
Page 4: Restaurant, Spa and Retail Deals

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

Each November we stop and take at least a few moments to honor America's veterans on Veterans Day.

Page 1: Veterans Day Celebrations: West Valley
Page 2: Veterans Day Celebrations: Scottsdale and East Valley
Page 3: Veterans Day Celebrations: Anthem, Phoenix
Page 4: Restaurant, Spa and Retail Deals

This page includes specials at restaurants, bars, retailers, service providers and those local businesses that offer military discounts on an ongoing basis.

If you arrived at this page but you were actually looking for Memorial Day activities and events in May, you can find those here. Many people confuse the two!

Discounts and Special Deals for Veterans

Free Admission at Arizona's National Parks
There are 16 nationals parks, historic sites and recreational areas in Arizona that are managed by the National Park Service that offer free admission for everyone. The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included.
In 2016: Friday, November 11
Place: National Parks in AZ
Get More Information: online

Veteran's Day 2016 at the Original Breakfast House
Veterans and Active Duty Military members eat free when ordering one of the following items (or they may select any other menu item for $10 off the menu price): Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast; Pulled Pork Hash and Eggs; Pork Chops and Eggs; Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes; Triple Berry French Toast.

  Must show military ID.
In 2016: Friday, November 11 from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Place: The Original Breakfast House, 13623 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Get More Information: online

Free BBQ at Famous Dave's
A free "Two Meat Salute." The "Two Meat Salute" is a choice of two different meats, including St Louis-Style Ribs, Georgia Chopped Pork, Texas Beef Brisket, Country Roasted or Barbeque Chicken, Traditional or Boneless Chicken Wings, Southside Rib Tips, Hot Link Sausage, Chicken Tenders or Beer-Battered Cod, served with a Corn Bread Muffin and a choice of one side.

 Valid for Dine-In only.  Applicable to all military personnel with valid photo ID and proof of military service including U.S. Uniformed Service ID Card, form DD-214 or current leave and earnings statement with photo ID).
In 2016: Friday, November 11 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Valid only at Chandler, Peoria, Mesa Riverview and SanTan Village Mall Famous Dave's locations
More Information: online

Free Meals for Veterans on Veterans Day at Abrazo
Abrazo Community Health Network's six hospitals will provide free meals to veterans on Veterans Day as follows:
Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, 18701 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, and
Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, 1930 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix
Serving breakfast from 6:30-9:30 a.m. Non-veteran community members may purchase the breakfast for a $4 cash donation. Proceeds will be donated to Soldier's Best Friend, a nonprofit organization that provides U.S. military veterans with service or therapeutic companion dogs. The Veterans Day breakfast will feature fruit, bacon, sausage, eggs, waffles with berries, oatmeal, pastries, yogurt and assorted beverages.
Abrazo Central Campus, 2000 W. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix
Providing meals from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., an entrée, two sides, a large beverage and dessert.

Fresh-baked cookies and grab bags of candy will be sold to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Abrazo Maryvale Campus, 5102 W. Campbell Ave., Phoenix
Serving breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Veterans can choose from cafeteria items up to a $7 value. Guests with veterans will receive a 20 percent discount on their breakfast.
Abrazo Scottsdale Campus, 3929 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale
Providing a complimentary meal to veterans during café hours 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. (breakfast); 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (lunch); and 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. (dinner). Free meals also will be provided to guests accompanying veterans.
Abrazo West Campus, 13677 W. McDowell Road, Goodyear
Providing free meals to veterans during café hours: 7 to 10 a.m. (breakfast); 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch); and 5 to 7 p.m. (dinner).  Meals include an entrée, two sides, a large beverage and dessert.


Meals will be valued under $10 each.
In 2016: Friday, November 11
More information: online

Veteran's Day at Pollack Tempe Cinemas
In honor of all those who serve our great nation, Pollack Tempe Cinemas is offering free admission to all active military and military veterans. Pollack Tempe Cinemas Veteran's Day movies include the 1981 Bill Murray classic, “Stripes,” Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino,” the award-winning Quenton Tarantino film, “Inglourious Basterds,” and “The Patriot,” starring Mel Gibson. Show a military ID card or veterans ID card at the cinema's ticket booth. All year long, Pollack Tempe Cinemas offers $3 admission to all movies, with $2 admission on Tuesdays.
In 2016: Friday, November 11
Location: Pollack Tempe Cinemas (map)
Get More Information: online

Arizona State Parks Veteran Discount Program
The program provides:

  • 50% day-use discount to all active duty, guard and reserve military Veterans and up to three accompanying adult family members
  • 50% day-use discount to all Arizona-resident (AZ Driver’s License address) retired military Veterans and up to three accompanying adult family members
  • 50% day-use discount to all Service Disabled (10%-90% or 100% Individual Un-employability), Veterans and up to three accompanying adult family members. (Provide proof of military service and a verbal or written statement of Service Connected Disability)
  • FREE day-use pass to all 100% Service Disabled Veterans and up to three accompanying adult family members. (Provide VA-Certified proof of 100% Service Connected Disability)

Program does not apply to Kartchner Caverns State Park cave tour tickets, special use fees, special program fees, special events fees, special event admission fees, any applicable reservation fees, camping fees or overnight parking fees. Programs and events provided by third party operators, vendors or concessionaires are exempt from providing the discount. Not applicable to Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. To receive your pass bring your disabled Veteran documentation or your current Military ID to a park Visitor Center and request a Veterans Discount Program pass. Pass expires 2 years from date of issue.
In 2016: ongoing
Map of Arizona State Parks
More Information: online or call 602-542-4174

Free admission to AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park
Home of the Centennial Museum, and offers free admission every day to veterans and active military.
In 2016: every day (closed Mondays)
More information: online

A Musical Veterans Day Ice Cream Social
Enjoy a free concert to celebrate and honor our veterans, with an emphasis on patriotic music and a demonstration/explanation of OSP’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ. No food service will be offered other than beverages and ice cream and they will be available to purchase at current menu pricing. Organ Stop Pizza only accepts cash/checks. No debit/credit cards accepted. 
In 2016: Friday, November 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., doors at 1:15 p.m.
Place: Organ Stop Pizza, Mesa
Get More Information: online

Free Admission for Veterans at LEGOLand Discovery Center
Veterans with ID will be admitted free on Veterans Day. Family can enter along with their Veteran with and receive a $3 off Military Discount. Tempe.
In 2016: Friday, November 11
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Free Admission for Veterans at SEA Life Arizona
Veterans with ID will be admitted free on Veterans Day. Family can enter along with their Veteran for $10 per person. Tempe.
In 2016: Friday, November 11
More About SEA Life Arizona

Military/Veteran Discount at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Omni offers special rates for active and retired US Federal Government employees, State, City, County and Local government employees, active or retired Military personnel and members of foreign Governments with valid ID. Maximum of two rooms per ID.  Proper ID is required at check in. 
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Dog Tag Brewing Legacy Lager at ​Sierra Bonita Grill
Sierra Bonita Grill in Phoenix is the first Valley restaurant to serve Dog Tag Brewing Legacy Lager, a beer created to honor the lives and legacies of military heroes. Dog Tag's Legacy Lager is brewed with premium quality two-row pale and specialty malts, Magnum and Saaz hops, and it is fermented with a timeless American lager yeast. One hundred percent of Dog Tag Brewing’s profits are donated to the Dog Tag Brewing Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to support and enhance Gold Star Family initiatives. Gold Star Families are those who have lost family members in service to our nation. To further support Dog Tag Brewing Foundation’s initiatives, Sierra Bonita Grill will be donating 50-percent of the purchase price from the sale of each beer to the organization.
In 2016: Ongoing, subject to availability
Location: Sierra Bonita Grill, 7th St. & Glendale, Phoenix
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Veterans Eat Free
Active and retired military personnel receive one free entrée from Twin Peaks’ special Veteran’s Day menu on Friday, Nov. 11, which includes Philly Cheesesteaks, Chicken Ranch Sandwiches, Buffalo Chicken Salads, Beer-Battered Chicken Tenders and, of course, classic Cheeseburgers. The free entrée is for dine-in customers only, one item per person, at the restaurant’s two Valley locations, 8787 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. in Scottsdale and 2135 E. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix. 

Miracle Mile Deli
Offering their Patriotic Pastrami Sandwich, fries and a pickle for $9 from November 7-13. This is a special for everyone — in honor of the holiday and presidential election.
In 2016: November 7 - 13
Location: 4433 N. 16th Street, Phoenix
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The Refuge
This coffee shop and wine bar, a social enterprise of Catholic Charities, is offering three bags of Cafe Esperanza coffee for $25 on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2016. Coffee is normally priced $10 per bag. They will also offer free shipping for online coffee orders of 6 bags or more.  
In 2016: Friday, November 11
Location: 4727 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix
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Free Entrée at Fired Pie
All active or retired military will receive a free entrée. This offer is limited to one pizza or salad per person. All you need to do is show proper military ID or be dressed in uniform. There is no purchase necessary.
In 2016: Friday, November 11
Location: 15 valley locations
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Luci’s Healthy Marketplace
This Veterans Day show your military ID and get 20% off your food or beverage item. Discount applies to the veteran’s order only.
In 2016: Friday, November 11
Location: Bethany and 16th Street, Phoenix
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 Luci’s at The Orchard
This Veterans Day show your military ID and get 20% off your food or beverage item. Discount applies to the veteran’s order only.
In 2016: Friday, November 11
Location: 15 valley locations
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Veterans Day at Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Hyatt Regency Phoenix supports veterans with dining specials.

  • Networks Bar & Grill: complimentary Patriot Burger and non-alcoholic beverage. Open  at 11 a.m. 
  • Einstein Bros Bagels (Location Inside Hyatt Regency Phoenix Only): complimentary bagel and coffee. Open from 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Terrace Café: complimentary pancake stack and coffee. Open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.             
  • Compass Arizona Grill: 20% off dinner (alcohol not included). Open from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

All offers require proof of service in the form of a Military ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Driver’s License with Veterans Designation, photograph in uniform, be wearing uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification.
In 2016: Friday, November 11
Location: 122 N. Second Street, Phoenix
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Ride a Bike
Pedego Scottsdale will be offering veterans one free rental hour, as well as $100 off a Pedego Electric Bike.
In 2016: Friday, November 11
Location: 6945 E. 5th Avenue, Scottsdale
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Veterans Day at Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort
A two-for-one lunch will be offered at Eagles Buffet at Casino Arizona and at Wandering Horse Buffet at Talking Stick Resort. To take advantage of the special, military service men and women must present their proof of service as well as their Player Rewards Club cards (joining and membership is free). Those dining will also receive a commemorative travel tumbler with their meals. Casino Arizona is also hosting a Military Appreciation Slot Tournament on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., with $4,000 in prizes. During the tournament, two-minute sessions will run every 15 minutes. Admission is first come, first serve, and is free to veterans and active military who present their Player Rewards Club cards. To enter the tournament, participants must register between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Bank 248 near the Bingo Hall.
In 2016: Friday, November 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (lunch)

Giving Tree Wellness Center
This Arizona licensed medical cannabis dispensary is offering veterans 20% off their entire order. Veterans will also receive a complimentary Veteran's Day t-shirt.
In 2016: Friday, November 11 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Phoenix and Mesa
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Larry H. Miller Dealerships
Larry H. Miller Dealerships in the Metro Phoenix area appreciate the dedication and hard work of veterans and those currently serving in the military. As such, the following special military pricing and discounts are offered on Veterans Day and throughout the year (unless specifically noted otherwise):
Larry H. Miller Avondale Dodge Ram: $500 bonus cash on a new vehicle 
Larry H. Miller Avondale Chrysler Jeep: $500 bonus cash on a new vehicle 
Larry H. Miller Peoria Dodge Ram: $500 bonus cash on a new vehicle 
Larry H. Miller Surprise Chrysler Dodge: From November 1 - 21, double the rebate on 2017 new vehicles and $1,000 bonus cash. $500 bonus cash on 2016 vehicles during this period and on all new models thereafter. 
Larry H. Miller Toyota Peoria: $500 off any new Toyota vehicle purchased using Toyota Financial Services. Double the standard rebate from November 11-13, 2016.
Larry H. Miller Hyundai Peoria: receive an additional $500 off eligible 2015, 2016 and 2017 model year new Hyundai vehicles.
Larry H. Miller Fiat Avondale: $500 bonus cash on a new vehicle
In 2016: ongoing, unless noted otherwise above
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Central Kitchen
A free 10-inch cheese pizza and fountain drink for all active, reserve, former or veteran military members all Veteran’s Day weekend.
In 2016: November 11 - 13
Location: 5813 N. 7th Street, Phoenix
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Spinato’s Pizzeria
Veterans receive 25% off their entire meal.
In 2016: Friday, November 11
Location: all five locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Ahwatukee
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Original Breakfast House
Veterans and Active Duty Military members eat free when ordering one of the following items (or they may select any other menu item for $10 off the menu price): Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast; Pulled Pork Hash and Eggs; Pork Chops and Eggs; Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes; Triple Berry French Toast.   Must show military ID.
In 2016: Friday, November 11 from 6:30 a.m. To 2 p.m.
Location: 13623 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
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Jacksons Car Wash
On Veterans Day, all Veterans and military service personnel who provide a valid military ID card will receive a free full-service car wash (a $13.99 value) at any full-service Jacksons Car Wash location in the Valley. Throughout the year, military service members receive a $3 discount on full-service car washes when they present their military ID card at any full-service Jacksons Car Wash location.
In 2016: Friday, November 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Locations: 11 locations in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Peoria
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Rico’s American Grill
Rico’s American Grill is partnering with Heroes Vodka, a Veteran-owned premium, gluten-free American vodka that supports American veteran’s charities, to honor, celebrate and give back to veterans and active duty service men and women, by offering a variety of $5 drink specials. $1 from each Hero's Vodka sale goes to Amvets.
In 2016: November 11 - 13
Location: Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix
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Sizzler
Celebrating United States veterans and active-duty military personnel with a free lunch and beverage on Veterans Day. Guests with proof of military service may opt for one of three entrée choices: a six-ounce Tri Tip Steak, a single Malibu Chicken or a Half Dozen Fried Shrimp. Free beverages are coffee, iced tea or a fountain drink. Dine-in service only at participating locations. Proof of military service includes a U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization card (i.e., American Legion and VFW), DD214, photograph in U.S. uniform or wearing uniform.
In 2016: Friday, November 11 until 4 p.m.
Locations: 1050 S Country Club Dr., Mesa and 5060 W. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
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Scottsdale Bullion & Coin
Offering a special 1% (one percent) discount to all veterans and active military members on all purchases from Nov 9th – Nov 11th, 2016. Additionally, we’ll be donating a portion of our profits made in November to the American Service Animal Society.
In 2016: November 9 - 11
Location: 14500 N Northsight Blvd #204, Scottsdale
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