CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — People across the nation will be celebrating those who served in the United States military on Veterans Day.
Here in the Coastal Bend, the community will hold numerous events and ceremonies during Veterans Day and Veterans Day weekend.
The Corpus Christi Rotary Club's Flags for Heroes exhibit along the Bayfront will be on display until November 13.
With so many celebrations going on, we have compiled a list of events, ceremonies, and freebies happening around the Coastal Bend area on Veterans Day weekend.
VETERANS DAY EVENTS:
- Sherrill Veterans Memorial Park (Address: 222 S Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78401)
Join the Veterans Day Celebration Ceremony at Sherrill Veterans Memorial Park on November 11, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.
- USS Lexington Veterans Day Ceremony (Address: 2914 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78402)
Join the Veterans Day Ceremony at the USS Lexington on November 11, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.
- 2nd Annual Coastal Bend Field of Honor **POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER** (Address: 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd, Robstown, TX 78380)
Recognize our service members' bravery and dedication during the Coastal Bend Field of Honor event at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds. This year’s ceremony was on November 11, 2022, but it has been rescheduled due to possible rain. A new date will be announced. The flags will fly in the field until December 2, 2022.
- Honk Your Horn for Your Heroes (Address: 3502 Ocean Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78411)
Drive by the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi's Flags For Heroes display between 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and honk your horn in honor of your heroes on Friday, November 11. The event concludes at 6 p.m. with the playing of 'Taps' at Ropes Park.
- Veteran's Adoption Day Event at Corpus Christi Animal Care Services (Address: 2626 Holly Road)
Beginning on Friday, November 4, adoption fees for dogs and cats for all active military, veterans, and reserves will be waived. Also, CCACS will have extended hours from 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event will kick off a weeklong waiver of adoption fees for all military personnel.
- Veterans Day Car & Bike Show (Address: 502 S Padre Island Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78405)
This Saturday, November 12, from 1–4 p.m., Corpus Christi Harley-Davidson dealership is hosting a Veterans Day car/truck/bike/trike show. It's free to enter, with $200 going to the top winner. Come out and vote for your top pick(s) by donating $1 to #burnpits360. Each voter gets 20 votes, with each vote costing $1. The Combat Veterans will also be out there serving as grill masters and providing free hot dogs and hamburgers.
- Quick Quack Car Wash -Corpus Christi locations
All Veterans and active military receive a free Best Wash on Friday, November 11. Please tell your friends and family who served to enjoy a free wash on Quick Quack Car Wash.
- VFW Post 2375 14th Annual Veteran's Day Parade (Address: 700 East Kleberg Avenue Kingsville, Texas, 78363)
VFW Post 2375 14th Annual Veteran's Day Parade will begin at the Kleberg County Courthouse. The line will begin at 5:00 p.m. The route will go from Kleberg County Courthouse to 6th Street, turn right on Yoakum and back to the courthouse.
- Stars & Stripes Corpus Christi Ice Rays game (Address: 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX 78410)
Free tickets for active Military, Veterans, and First Responders. Valid Military / First Responder ID is required and must be presented at the American Bank Center Box Office. Doors Open at 6:05 p.m. at the American Bank Center.
- Salute to Our Veterans - Veterans Memorial High School (Address: 3750 Cimarron Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78414)
Come join us for our annual "Salute to Veterans" at Veterans Memorial High School this Friday, Nov. 11. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. in the beautiful auditorium. Please park and enter at VMHS Auditorium.
- 6th Annual Honor Our Veterans Car & Truck Show (Address: 3750 Cimarron Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78414)
Come enjoy a great time with 2 live bands, a DJ, great food, and awesome cars and trucks as judges award the biggest best trophies in town. Lots of great fun for the whole family. Entries are open online at www.CorpusChristiCorvetteClub.com First 100 pre-entries get a show T-shirt. The show runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Nov. 12 at Veterans Memorial High School Auditorium.
Veterans Day Deals:
- 7-Eleven: Veterans get a free Quarter-Pound Big Bite 100% all-beef hot dog on Nov. 11. Available in-store and via delivery through the 7NOW app.
- Applebee’s: All veterans and active duty military on Nov. 11 will receive a free meal from a specific menu and $5 towards their next meal.
- BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: On Nov. 11, current and former military members receive a free meal from a select menu. Dine-in only.
- Charleys Philly Steaks: Veterans and active-duty military get free Gourmet Fries in-store with no purchase necessary on Nov. 11. In addition, Charleys’ locations on military bases are offering free gourmet fries with the purchase of a cheesesteak and drink for all customers.
- Chili's: Veterans and active-duty service members get a free meal from a select menu on Nov. 11. Available for in-restaurant only.
- Chuck E. Cheese: On November 11, active-duty military, National Guard, and veterans get a free personal 1-topping pizza with valid military ID or proof of military service. Not available for delivery.
- Cracker Barrel: Veterans get a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake in-store or online on Nov. 11.
- Denny's: On November 11, Denny's offers a complimentary Grand Slam to all active, non-active, and retired military personnel. The offer is valid for dine-in only at participating locations from 5 a.m. to noon with a valid military ID or DD 214.
- Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers: Veterans and active military personnel who visit on November 11 will receive a free Freddy’s Original Double with Cheese combo meal card that can be redeemed through Nov. 30.
- Golden Corral: Golden Corral is hosting their Military Appreciation Night from 5 p.m. to close on Nov. 14. This includes a free “thank you” meal when dining in.
- Red Lobster: Veterans, active-duty military, and reservists get a free Walt's Favorite Shrimp, Fries, and Coleslaw on Nov. 11. The offer is available for dine-in and to-go orders placed in-restaurant between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. local time.
- Starbucks: On Nov. 11, Starbucks will offer a free tall 12-ounce hot brewed or iced coffee for veterans, military service members, and military spouses.
- Southern Charm Home Cookin': Veterans get a free lunch buffet and iced tea on Friday, Nov. 11
- Texas Roadhouse: Veterans and active-duty military receive a meal voucher from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 11. These vouchers are good for dine-in or carry-out and can be used until May 30, 2023. There will be a specific menu to select from.
- TGI Fridays: Veterans and active-duty military personnel get a free lunch on November 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. from a select menu at participating locations. Dine-in only.