Veterans Day began in 1919 (then called Armistice Day) and marked the one-year anniversary of the end of hostilities in World War I. In 1954, the day was officially renamed Veterans Day and is a time to honor all U.S. veterans. The national holiday takes place every November 11. In 2017, it falls on a Saturday. Expect certain businesses and services to be closed this day.
Veterans Day in Albuquerque, New Mexico, includes special events, parades, and free offers for veterans. Find a way to honor those who have served, or if you are a veteran, see what discounts and free offers are available.
Veterans Day Events in Albuquerque
New Mexico Veterans Art Show
Come out and support your local artists, who in this case, happen to be veterans. This free exhibit runs November 10–12, 17–19, and 24–26 at the Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds Fine Arts Building.
Veterans Parade and Memorial Ceremony in Albuquerque
A parade featuring restored military vehicles is from 9 a.m. to noon on Veterans Day, November 11. The parade starts at Bullhead Memorial Park on South San Pedro, then moves northwest past the Veterans Hospital onto Ridgecrest. The parade continues east along Gibson to Louisiana, where it will turn north and head to New Mexico Veterans' Memorial Museum at 1100 Louisiana SE. At 10 a.m., there will be a musical prelude, and at 11 a.m., a ceremony will ensue. Park at the Kirtland Federal Credit Union at Louisiana and Gibson. Shuttles will be available.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Honor those who served in our military at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park in Angel Fire. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Food Offers for Veterans
When planning to dine at one of these restaurants offering specials to veterans, be sure to bring your proof of military service or be in uniform. Call ahead to a local Albuquerque location to verify participation and the type of identification required. Some nationwide chains offer specials only at certain locations.
On November 11, from open to close, veterans and active duty military can choose a free entree from a menu that includes some of Applebee’s favorite items.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Stop in for a free order of wings and a side of fries on November 11.
California Pizza Kitchen
On November 11, all veterans or active duty military personnel can get a free pizza, full-size salad, or pasta (dine-in only).
On November 7 from 5 p.m. to close, get a buy one/get one free burrito, bowl, salad, or order of tacos with an entree of equal or greater value.
Get a free slice of double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake.
On November 10, active, inactive, and retired military personnel with a military ID receive a free Grand Slam breakfast from 5 a.m. to noon.
Golden Corral Free Meal
Golden Corral offers military personnel with a military ID a free buffet meal and beverage on November 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On November 10, veterans and active duty personnel get a free order of red, white, and blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Olive Garden offers veterans a free entree on November 11. Choose from a special menu for your entree, plus the meal also includes garlic sticks and a choice of soup or salad.
A free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries can be enjoyed by all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of military service.
Village Inn will offer veterans and active military personnel a V.I.B. breakfast anytime on November 11.
Other Specials, Discounts, and Free Offers
Free B&B Stay
Inns and B&Bs throughout North America will say 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.
Home Depot offers a 10-percent discount to military veterans on Veterans Day.
The home store offers a year-round 10-percent discount to veterans and active duty personnel every day by signing up for a MyLowe's card (this isn't a credit card).
National Museum of Nuclear Science and History
The museum offers free admission on November 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to veterans and active duty personnel with identification.
National Park Service
On November 11 and 12, our national parks waive their entry fees for everyone in honor of Veterans Day.
New Mexico Gold Star Family License Plate
New Mexico families who have lost a family member in combat action are eligible to receive a free Gold Star license plate. Families are allowed four plates. The first plate is free, whereas the three remaining plates require a registration fee. Contact the nearest office of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services to apply.