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Group honors veterans by laying wreaths at Veterans Memorial Park

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at 1:28 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at 9:16 a.m.

Free meals for veterans

These are among the area restaurants that plan to offer free or reduced-price meals as a thank-you to veterans and active duty military personnel on Veterans Day. Guests will need to provide proof of service.

Jimmie’s Diners, 3111 N. Rock Road and 1519 S. George Washington Blvd: 25 percent off meals to military members with an ID, both active and retired.

Oliver’s Little Italy, 1930 S. Oliver: 15 percent off the bill for all military members, EMS personnel, firefighters and Wichita police.

Paradise Donuts, 3107 W. Central: Free doughnut and small coffee for any active and retired military members from 5 a.m. to noon.

Curly’s American Diner, 1530 S. Webb Road: Free meal for active duty military, National Guard and veterans from a special menu.

Applebee’s, many Wichita locations: Free meal from special menu.

Carrabba’s, 3409 N. Rock Road: Free appetizer Saturday through Monday.

Chili’s, several Wichita locations: Free meal from special menu.

Longhorn Steakhouse, 2720 N. Maize Road and 440 S. Towne East Mall Drive: Free Tonion appetizer.

Texas Roadhouse, 6707 W. Kellogg: Free lunch from a special menu for active-duty, former or retired military members.

Red Robin, 9990 E. 13th St. North: One free Tavern double burger to veterans or active duty military members with ID or in uniform.

Outback Steakhouse, 2020 N. Rock Road and 233 S. Ridge Road: Free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage.

Hooters, 3151 N. Rock Road: Free meal up to $10.99 with any drink purchase.

Golden Corral, 616 S. Ridge Road Circle and 11006 E. Kellogg: Free meal from 4 to 9 p.m.

Olive Garden, 323 N. Rock Road and 2641 N. Maize Road: Free meal from a special menu plus 10 percent off for family members dining with veterans. Current members of the military and dependents get 10 percent off throughout November.

Red Lobster, 555 S. West St. and 333 S. Towne East Mall Drive: Free appetizer from special menu Monday through Thursday.

Krispy Kreme, 7777 E. Central: Free doughnut and small coffee to military with ID or those in uniform.

On the Border, 2347 N. Maize Road and 1930 N. Rock Road: Free Create Your Own Combo meal.

TGI Friday’s, 2441 N. Maize Road: Free lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Veterans Day events

Monday

Wichita

• Southwestern College branch campus, 2040 S. Rock Road, will offer doughnuts, coffee and juice from 9 to 11 a.m. to veterans, who are invited to share stories and sign holiday cards that will be mailed to deployed troops.

• Wreath-laying service, 11 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park, 339 N. Greenway, followed by an open house of the park until 1 p.m. Wreaths will be laid at all memorials in the park.

• Ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony, 10 a.m., Dole VA Medical Center Peace Garden, 5500 E. Kellogg.

• “A Salute to Veterans” by Wichita Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. The program also is a benefit for Kansas Honor Flight, which sends veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials.

• Veterans and military members will be admitted free to the Museum of World Treasures, 835 E. First St. The museum will display a World War II-era Nazi flag signed by U.S. soldiers and sent home from France. At 3 p.m., Sgt. Cyril Leuelling will tell the story behind the flag.

Derby

• Derby Area Veterans Memorial Walk of Freedom and Ceremony, 2 p.m., Garrett Park, 1100 E. Chet Smith. If the weather is bad, the event will be at Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 431 S. Woodlawn, Derby.

Douglass

• Sisk Middle School will host a program honoring veterans, firefighters, law enforcement personnel, emergency medical technicians and American Red Cross volunteers at 10 a.m. at the Douglass Sports Complex. Guests are invited to the middle school gym at 9:30 a.m. for cookies, coffee and fellowship.

Emporia

• Parade, downtown Emporia, 9:30 a.m. Kansans provided the inspiration in 1953 for Veterans Day observations nationally. Emporia residents started a grassroots effort to observe the day honoring veterans of all wars. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed legislation recognizing Nov. 11 as a federal holiday. Before then, it was known as Armistice Day.

Kansas City

• National World War I Museum, 100 W. 26th St., will be open free to the public. Ceremony at 10 a.m. World War I re-enactors will greet visitors and distribute poppies. The museum will also unveil an exhibit of a stationary train car modeled after the Pullman sleeper cars of the 1940s, allowing visitors to experience the sights, sounds and emotions of leaving home for war.

Hutchinson

• Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center will offer free admission to veterans with a paying companion for any show or exhibit.

Topeka

• Veterans Day parade, 11 a.m., downtown. Route begins at Fourth Street, heads south on Kansas Avenue, turns right on 12th Street, heads north on Jackson Avenue and ends at Sixth Street.

Overland Park

• Johnson County’s Veterans Day Observance includes the dedication of a new panel added to the city’s Korean War Veterans Memorial honoring Chaplain Emil Kapaun, a Pilsen native who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The ceremony is at 11 a.m. at the corner of 119th and Lowell.

About 100 people turned out Monday morning for Veterans Day with a wreath-laying ceremony at Wichita’s Veterans Memorial Park.

The group moved through the park, laying wreaths at about a dozen memorials, including those for World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Recordings of the official songs for each service branch were played.

“I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout, with the weather and forecast and never having done it this way before,” said Bryson Allen, board chairman for Veterans Memorial Park Inc., which organized the event.

For the first time, different service organizations were involved in the ceremony, he said.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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