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2017: Where to find Veterans Day events, freebies this weekend

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story had incorrect hours for free bowling at Wichita State.

Saturday is Veterans Day, the federal holiday dedicated to honoring veterans from all wars and their service to the country.

There are plenty of Veterans Day events planned to help mark the occasion.

Veterans can also eat for free or at a discounted rate at many Wichita-area restaurants.

Veterans Day at St. Francis

8 a.m. Fri., Via Christi St. Francis, 929 N. St. Francis

The annual Veterans Day flag-folding ceremony will take place in front of Via Christi St. Francis at 8 a.m. Friday. It will be conducted by the 184th Intelligence Wing Honor Guard.

Veterans Day at Regent Park

10 a.m. Fri., Regent Park Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 10604 E. 13th Street North

The 184th Intelligence Wing Honor Guard will present the colors at a Veterans Day event at 10 a.m. Friday at Regent Park.

Veterans Memorial Park ceremony

9 a.m. Sat., Veterans Memorial Park, 339 Veterans Parkway

Col. Josh Olson, commander of the 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base will speak during a special Veterans Day ceremony Saturday morning at Veterans Memorial Park.

Veterans Day Parade

11 a.m. Sat., Murdock & Central to WaterWalk

The annual Veterans Day Parade is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Saturday at Murdock & Central and run south down Main Street to the WaterWalk, where there will be after-parade activities scheduled. There will be an afternoon of food trucks, live music, children’s activities and an interactive museum to follow at the WaterWalk.


Free admission to the Sedgwick County Zoo

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd.

Veterans and active-duty military personnel, along with their immediate families, get free admission to the Sedgwick County Zoo on Saturday. To receive free admission on Saturday, visitors must show a military or veteran organization ID, discharge papers or other official military identification. Families of deployed military personnel must show an active duty ID. For more information, visit or call 316-660-9453.

Veterans Day specials at the Cosmosphere

9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., Cosmosphere, 1100 N. Plum, Hutchinson

Veterans can choose either to watch a documentary in the Carey Digital Dome Theater or enjoy free admission to the Hall of Space Museum. Call 620-662-2305 for more information.

Free flu shots for veterans

8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., AFC Urgent Care, 3161 N. Rock

American Family Care, otherwise known as AFC Urgent Care, is providing free flu shots on Saturday for military personnel and veterans with a valid ID.

Discounts at WSU Bookstore

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., WSU Bookstore, Rhatigan Student Center, 1845 Fairmount

Veterans and active-duty military get 20 percent off one WSU-imprinted item in the Bookstore on Saturday. Some exclusions apply. Must present a military ID to participate.

Veterans Day Powwow

1 p.m. Sat., Sun., Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca

The Wichita Kansas Intertribal Warrior Society will host a Veteran’s Powwow this weekend to honor all current and past military personnel. This ceremony, part of the Native culture, features a ceremonial flag raising, gourd dancing and intertribal dancing. There will food and other activities for the whole family.


Free bowling at WSU

6 p.m.-midnight Sat., Shocker Sports Grill and Lanes, WSU Rhatigan Student Center, 1845 Fairmount

Veterans and active-duty military and their families get access to free cosmic bowling from 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Must present military ID to participate. The alley, in the basement of Rhatigan Student Center, has eight lanes, six billiard tables, TVs and food.

Veterans Day Breakfast

6:30-11 a.m. Sun., Garden Plain Senior Center, 1006 N. Main

Adults eat for $7, children under 4 are free.

Twister City Harley-Davidson Veterans Celebration

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Twister City Harley-Davidson, 5427 Chuzy Drive

Twister City Harley-Davidson is hosting a free open house to celebrate veterans. Veterans outreach services will be available on-site. For more information, call 316-440-5700.

‘No Greater Love’ screening

7:30-9:10 p.m. Sun., Augusta Historic Theatre, 523 State Street, Augusta

Screening of “No Greater Love,” a war documentary written and directed by an active-duty member of the military, an Army chaplain. It’s based on solidiers stationed in Afghanistan from 2010-2011.

$6. 316-775-2900

Veterans Day at the V.A.

2 p.m. Mon., Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, 5500 E. Kellogg, Bldg. 4

Hilari DeLarosa, 184th Airman and Family Readiness program manager, will be one of the guest speakers at the Wichita Regional V.A. Center’s Building 4 auditorium, during a Veterans Day celebration hosted by the Sedgwick County Department of Aging.