Veterans Day: List of special offers, events for those who served our country

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Published: Nov. 7, 2023 at 2:11 PM EST
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Saturday Nov. 11 is the day we honor our Veterans who have served our country in all branches of the military.

As a way of saying thank you, businesses and local governments are working to provide services for vets.

If you are a business or organization offering free services for veterans, send an email to


  • A Salute to Veterans: Thursday, Nov. 9 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. at Jessie P. Miller Elementary School, 601 43rd St. W. Bradenton. A performance by fourth grade students to remember and honor.
  • Anna Maria Island Old Soldiers and Sailors Veterans Day Parade: Friday, Nov. 10 9:00 a.m. Parade steps off from Anna Maria City Hall, then proceeds down Pine Avenue, ending at City Pier Park.
  • Manatee County Veterans Council Veterans Day Parade: Saturday, Nov. 11. The Grand Marshall of the parade will be 105-year-old Army veteran John Skeen. The parade will begin at the Manatee County Fairgrounds, proceed south on 11th Ave. and end at Sutton Park. The parade will be followed by the annual Veteran’s Day Memorial Service at Sutton Park at 11 a.m. This year’s keynote speaker will be former Director of Manatee County Veteran’s Services and Acting County Administrator Lee Washington.
  • Veterans Day Observance & Ribbon Cutting of the Karon Family Pavilion: A Veterans program and milestone celebration of the Town Center development with a performance by the Sarasota Orchestra. Saturday, November 11 3:00 p.m. at Town Center 600 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key.
  • The Manatee Community Concert Band “God Bless America” Veteran’s Day Performance: Saturday, Nov. 11 7:00 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center (State College of Florida) 5840 26th Street West, Building 11 East, Bradenton.
  • Manatee Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller will offer veterans and active duty personnel free services. Those services include free passport photos, notary services and copies as a token of our appreciation in November. Veterans and active-duty personnel must provide form DD214 or their military identification for free services. Learn more here.


  • Sarasota National Cemetery Catholic Memorial Mass: Saturday, Nov. 11. Opening Ceremonies begin at 2:45 p.m. and Mass begins at 3 p.m. at 9810 State Highway 72, Sarasota. The Diocese of Venice in Florida celebrates its 14th annual Veterans Day Catholic Mass to honor veterans at the Sarasota National Cemetery.

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Publix will offer veterans and active duty military members 10% off their groceries on Saturday, excluding prescriptions, alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery tickets, stamps and money services.


Applebee’s will offer veterans and active duty military members a free meal on Saturday. The offer is valid for dine-in only with proof of service.

Bob Evans

Bob Evans will offer one of seven homestyle meals for free to veterans and active duty military with proof of service. Valid for dine-in only.

Golden Corral

Golden Corral will hold a Military Appreciation Night on Monday, Nov. 13, where any person who has served or is currently serving can receive a free meal between 5 p.m. and close. Dine-in only.

Buy 5 get one free cigar at Cigar Cigars 3 locations in Sarasota is offering a Veteran’s Day Special.

Buy 5 Cigars and Get 1 Free !! Plus , we’ll take an additional  10% off at check out.