Honoring Veterans: Local Businesses Show Appreciation

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, November 8, 2023

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*Editor’s Note: A correction has been made about a Veterans Day offer from Zaxby’s and when the Veterans Day concert in Belhaven begins. 

By Ellen Brabo, For Washington Daily News

Veterans Day stands as a poignant tribute to the sacrifices made by the valiant men and women who have served our nation. Commemorated annually on November 11, this day signifies the end of World War I and serves as a testament to the unwavering patriotism, love of country, and the profound willingness to serve and sacrifice for the greater good, showcased by our veterans. It is a day to express our deep-seated gratitude to the courageous men and women who have dedicated their lives to the service of our nation. More than just a moment of contemplation, this day compels us to actively demonstrate our gratitude.

One powerful means of doing so is by rallying behind the veteran-owned businesses that enrich our local community. As Veterans Day approaches, let us stand together, honoring our heroes by patronizing establishments owned by those who have selflessly sacrificed for our freedom. In this spirit, we present a comprehensive overview of veteran-owned local businesses, special events, and national favorites extending exclusive deals this Veterans Day.

Please note that these deals require a valid military ID for redemption. While this list is comprehensive, it is not all-inclusive.

Veteran Owned Businesses:

– Beards and Shears Barber Shop

– Blu Farm to Table

– Brownie Bakery

– Frank’s Painting and Home Improvements LLC: Military discounts available

– IBX Nutrition: 10% off for military year-round

– Lane Blu: 15% off for military year-round

– Mattress by Appointment: 10% off for military year-round

– Sip Happens Traveling Bar: Military discounts available

– The Ell Hotel

– Washington Cafe: 20% off for military year-round

– Washington Crab: 5% off for military year-round

Veterans Day Events:

– Belhaven’s Inaugural Veterans Color Run 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run: Nov. 11, 9 a.m., 914 E Main Street, Belhaven, NC. Wear patriotic colors; a portion of race proceeds go to Pack4Patriots.

– The Turnage Theatre – Arts of the Pamlico: Beaufort County Community Orchestra Inc on Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. and the USAF Heritage Brass Concert on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. Military ID holders receive concession discounts on Nov. 11. Both of these concerts are free.

– On Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., at Veterans Park on Third Street in Washington there will be a service hosted by the American Legion and the American Legion Auxillary. Rain Date is Dec. 7 and will be honored with Pearl Harbor Day. Veterans and the public are invited to attend.

– On Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m., at Zion Episcopal Church (7302 U.S. Hwy 264 E., Washington) there will be an outdoor special service to commemorate Veterans Day introduced by Robert White, a bagpipe player from Raleigh. Hymns will be accompanied by Mr. James Hackney, a trumpet player. In case of rain, the event will be held inside the church.

– On Saturday, Nov. 11, the Town of Belhaven will honor Veterans Day with a free concert at 3 p.m. by the waterfront on Water Street. Musicians will either be veterans or have current ties to the military. Performing on Saturday will be JP Guhns at 3 p.m., the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band at 4 p.m. and following will be Michael Fleming, Diamonds and Whiskey and Mikele Buck Band.

Local Establishments Offering Veterans Day Deals:

– 1906 Bistro and Bourbons: $1 Pretzels on Nov. 11

– Beards and Shears Barber Shop: 20% off any service

– Blu Farm to Table: Free appetizer and beer (no purchase required)

– Elite Truck: 10% off entire purchase with coupon code VETDAY

– IBX Nutrition: 20% off from Nov. 10-13

– Mattress By Appointment: 20% off purchases over $500 from Nov. 10-13

– Parle’ Riverfront Restaurant & Bar: 50% off your meal for veterans on Nov. 11 (veteran only, not entire group); 20% off year-round

– Petals and Produce: 20% off any purchase on Nov. 11

– Pitt Street Brewing Company: Patrons can purchase gift cards to cover veterans’ drinks on Nov. 11 starting Nov. 8

– River Vibes: 10% off any purchase, year-round

National Deals in Local Spots:

– Food Lion: 10% off purchase (excluding alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery, pharmacy, postage stamps, and services)

– North Carolina Zoo: Free admission for military personnel, veterans, and one accompanying guest from Nov. 6-12

– Planet Fitness: One month free for military service members and veterans

– Sheetz: Free half turkey sub and regular size fountain drink on Nov. 11. Free car wash for veterans and active-duty military (at locations with car wash, $9 option)

– Walgreens: 20% off regular price eligible store items from Nov. 10-13 for veterans, active-duty military, and their families

– Wendy’s: Free breakfast combo on Nov. 11 during breakfast hours with valid ID

– Zaxby’s: A free Signature Sandwich (Sandwich Only) on Nov. 11 for Zax Rewardz members, redeemable through the Zaxby’s app. Eligible Signature Sandwiches for the offer are the Zaxby’s Signature Sandwich and the Zaxby’s Spicy Signature Sandwich. The offer is unique to each Zax Rewardz account and redeemable one time for a free Signature Sandwich. It is valid only at participating Zaxby’s locations and redemption is subject to availability.