Southern Utah Veterans Day observance, event guide

SOUTHERN UTAH — Friday, Americans celebrate Veterans Day, a national public holiday observed every year on Nov. 11 that pays tribute to United States military veterans.

To show these brave men and women how much their service and sacrifice means, observances throughout Southern Utah and neighboring Mesquite, Nevada, have been planned for Friday, as well as days surrounding the holiday.

Event listing follows below.

Many individual flags wear a yellow ribbon. These flags are sponsored by individuals and are dedicated to a veteran. One Thousand Flags over Mesquite hosted by The Exchange Club of Mesquite. Mesquite Recreation Center, Mesquite, Nev., Nov. 14, 2013 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News
This St. George News file photo from November 2013 shows “One Thousand Flags over Mesquite” hosted by The Exchange Club of Mesquite. Many individual flags are accessorized with a yellow ribbon. These flags are sponsored by individuals and are dedicated to a veteran. Mesquite Recreation Center, Mesquite, Nev., Nov. 14, 2013 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News

Find an event near you from the list below to celebrate our service men and women.

1,000 Flags Over Mesquite | Nov. 6-13, all day | Mesquite Recreation Center, 100 East Old Mill Road, Mesquite, Nevada.

  • 1,000 American flags decorate the recreation center lawn to honor veterans.

Free lunch for all veterans | Thursday, Nov. 10, noon to 2 p.m. | St. George Dixie Elks Lodge, 630 W. 1250 North, St. George.

  • All veterans are welcome.

Fee Free Day in all national parks | Friday, Nov. 11, all day | All National Park Service sites.

Veterans Day Flag Raising Ceremony | Friday, Nov. 11, 8 a.m. | Santa Clara Harmons, 3520 Pioneer Parkway, Santa Clara.

  • A Vietnam veteran from the Southern Utah Veterans Home will speak on what it means to be a veteran.

SunRiver Veterans Day ceremony and jet flyover | Friday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. | SunRiver Veterans Honor Park, intersection of Wide River Drive and Diamond River Drive, St. George.

  • Former Marine and actor Wilford Brimley will be the keynote speaker. Seating is limited, bring your own folding chairs.

SUU Veterans Day Observance | Friday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. | Hunter Conference Center, SUU Campus, 300 West University Blvd., Cedar City.

  • The public is encouraged to attend. Approximately 350 American Flags will be displayed on the campus business quad. Each flag represents a staff member or student who served in the military.

Veterans Day parade and program | Friday, Nov. 11, 11:11 a.m. | Telegraph Street from 300 East to 100 West, Washington City.

  • A Veterans Day program will take place following the parade until 12:30 p.m. at the Veterans Park, 75 E. Telegraph, Washington City.

Dixie State University Veterans Day program | Friday, Nov. 11, noon | DSU campus encampment mall, 225 S. 700 East, St. George.

  • Hosted by the DSU Veterans Club and students in the Veterans First Year Experience course, a ribbon cutting ceremony will dedicate the University’s new Veterans Memorial. DSU President Richard “Biff” Williams will present the keynote address.

Veterans Day assembly | Friday, Nov. 11, 12:25 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. | Fossil Ridge Intermediate School, 385 S. Mall Drive, St. George.

  • Veterans and civil servants are invited to attend an assembly prepared in their honor. Assembly will include presentations and musical selections from Fossil Ridge Intermediate students.

Southern Utah Veterans Home Veterans Day program | Friday, Nov. 11, 1:30 p.m. | Southern Utah Veterans Home, 160 N. 200 East, Ivins.

  • A free barbecue lunch will be offered before the program at noon. Col. Brent Anderson, Director of Plans, Operations and Training for the Utah Army National Guard will be the presenter.

Veterans Day and Flag Retirement ceremony | Friday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m. | Three Peaks Elementary School, 1685 W. Midvalley Road, Cedar City.

Southern Utah Veterans Home 5K and Fun Run | Saturday, Nov. 12, 9:30 a.m. | Southern Utah Veterans Home, 160 N. 200 East, Ivins.

  • Pick up a registration form at the Southern Utah Veterans Home.

Free and discounted services

  • From 5 a.m. to noon, veterans and military personnel will receive a free, build-your-own Grand Slam breakfast, see more.
  • Free lunch for Veterans and active duty military personnel at all Utah Little Caesar’s Pizza locations, see more.
  • Free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries at participating Red Robin restaurants, see more.
  • Free lunch from a special veterans menu at Texas Roadhouse locations, see more.
  • Veterans and active duty military eat free at participating Applebee’s, see more.
  • Active and retired military receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola at Chili’s restaurants, see more.
  • Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers is offering all active duty military and veterans a free combo meal coupon redeemable through Nov. 30.
  • Fabulous Freddy’s is offering free car washes all day for veterans and active duty military, see more.
  • Red Mountain Market located a 374 S. 200 East in Ivins is offering veterans 10 percent off their purchases Friday.
  • Friday-Sunday all active duty and retired military personnel and their spouses receive 25 percent off their purchases at Bed Bath and Beyond locations. Military identification required, see more.

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  • Henry November 9, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Thank you to the organizations for hosting these events, and thank you St George News for collating all this info for your readers!

    • tcrider November 9, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      I would of participated in the parade but my arms are too big to fit into my uniform from working out so much.

    • Proud Rebel November 9, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      Yes, but most of all THANK YOU TO ALL VETERANS! And special thanks to those that were wounded or suffer PTSD! You’ve given your all, and you just don’t get enough respect, or even honor from our government.
      And to all the survivors, who have lost family members in service to their country. No words will ease your sorrow, just know that there are people who care.

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