YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Veterans Day is not only a time to honor those who have served in the military.
For American businesses, it is also a time to back that appreciation up with discounts. Local businesses and national chains are offering up special deals Tuesday to anyone who has served in the military. Some of those participating include:
- Bob Evans
- Handel’s Ice cream
- Olive Garden
- TGI Fridays
- Red Lobster
- Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course
- Texas Roadhouse
- Great Clips
Students at Stadium Drive Elementary School were encouraged to bring a veteran to breakfast before school Tuesday morning.
It is something they have done for about the last four years so that military men and women can spend some time with their loved ones and show the importance of veterans to the next generation.
More than 120 veterans were there on Tuesday from many different ages, backgrounds and years of service.
“We have one or two World War Two veterans actually, and then some who are still in their 20s who are veterans, so it’s a neat mix, which again is good for the kids to see,” Stadium Drive Elementary School Principal Jim Goske said.
After breakfast, the students treated the veterans to some patriotic songs and poems. Area businesses such as Giant Eagle and Chik-Fil-A helped out by donating food and drinks.
Veterans also were honored Tuesday at a special ceremony inside the Mahoning County Courthouse. The Youngstown State University Army ROTC Color Guard began the service with the presentation of the colors.
Anna Marie Jadue of Austintown then performed the National Anthem. The Master of Ceremonies was Tony Revetti, who served in the Air Force. He said he is glad to see a new found respect for those who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“There is so much help they need. PTSD, people losing their legs, their hands, their arms and everything. And these people come back here and they need the support, not just from the veterans, but our community,” Revetti said.
Also at Tuesday’s program, the choir from St. Joseph the Provider School of Youngstown performed, with the kids waving the American flag while singing patriotic songs.
Several area restaurants offered free food on Tuesday as a thank you to veterans as well as military service men and women. Panera Bakery and Cafe on Market Street in Boardman was quite busy around lunchtime as free combo meals were given to veterans and military personnel.
Larry Grimm, who served in the Army during the Korean War, stopped in with his family for a bite to eat. Grimm said he appreciates the kind gesture.
“I think it is wonderful that they are considering the veterans ad especially myself and my sister. She is 91,” Grimm said.
Grimm’s sister also served in the Coast Guard from 1943 to 45.
People lined the streets of Warren Tuesday afternoon to honor our nation’s veterans for the Trumbull County Veterans Day Parade. The Warren G. Harding marching band, along with fire trucks and military vehicles carrying some of our nation’s veterans, traveled through the streets from Perkins Park to the downtown area. The parade is sponsored by our newspaper partner, the Tribune Chronicle.
Several bridal shops in the valley were helping military brides get a free gown on Veterans Day to prepare for their big day.
Evaline’s Bridal in downtown Warren was giving out 50 or more gowns for military brides as part of the Brides Across America program, which aids military brides.
Amy Lengauer of Stonerboro was excited to find the perfect dress. Her fiance, Devin Lewis, is serving overseas with the Marine Corps.
“There is a lot of expenses for us right now and with that, it is kind of a huge weight lifted off of us,” Lengauer said.
“I feel like November is the month to give thanks and I feel like this is the way we can give thanks back to them for all they do for us,” said Evaline’s Bridal owner Lori Dubasik.
After the brides-to-be selected their gowns, they registered for door prizes and then took a bridal walk through downtown Warren to several wedding vendors, who also were holding giveaways for weddings bands and cakes.
And at Great Clips, members of the military can take a little off the top for free. Great Clips locations throughout the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys are offering free haircuts to all veterans or active military personnel on Tuesday.
And even if a veteran or service member can’t make it to Great Clips on Veterans Day, anyone can drop by to get a thank-you card to give to a veteran to brighten their day. Veterans can then redeem those cards for a free haircut any time until Dec. 31.