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The following events are being held this weekend in honor of Veterans Day in Macon County.

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What: Veterans Day Salute

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Millikin University

Cost: Free

Description: Musical salute to veterans featuring a guest conductor, Col. Thomas Rotondi Jr., who is an alumnus and the former leader and commander of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”


What: H3F Veterans Day 5K Fun Run/Ruck March

When: Noon, Saturday (10 a.m. registration

Where: Fairview Park Large Pavilion

Cost: $20, or $15 if you run in combat boots; Free for kids under 12

Description: This is the first event of its kind sponsored by Heroes Helping Heroes, a Decatur-based nonprofit group. The group says all of the proceeds from this event go towards helping active duty servicemembers and veterans in Central Illinois.


What: Veterans Day Program

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Salvation Army, 229 W. Main St.

Cost: Free

Description: The Veteran's Assistance Commission of Macon County, Inc.’s annual Veteran's Day program, with featured speaker Pat McDaniel, a Decatur City Councilman and Vietnam veteran.


What: Skip Perryman Memorial Benefit

When and where: Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m. sign-ups for fun run in honor of Perryman and other veterans; Noon to 9 p.m. at VFW Post 99, 3920 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Cost: $5 for adults; kids 15 and younger are free

Description: Benefit to help pay for food and medical expenses for Skip Perryman, a U.S. Army veteran and quartermaster for the local VFW 99, who died in March. The event will include a bags tournament ($25 team entry fee), chili cookoff ($5 to vote and eat a bowl of your favorite); food ($5/plate); live music all day; raffles and a silent auction; and other kid-friendly activities.


Looking for restaurants offering Veterans Day specials?

All deals are for veterans and active duty military with proof of service, unless noted otherwise.

Applebee's: Get a free entree at participating locations. Items vary by location.

Bakers Square: Get a choice of buttermilk pancakes, french toast or a Belgian waffle at participating locations.

Bandanas Bar-B-Q: Veterans eat free on Saturday, up to a $10 value.

Bar Louie: Bar Louie is offering a free flat bread or burger on Saturday. 

Bob Evans: A variety of select items, including french toast, pancakes and country-fried steak, will be available free for vets and active duty military members.

Buffalo Wild Wings: Get a free small order of traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries.

Chili's Grill & Bar: Get a free meal on Saturday (meals vary by location).

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store: The restaurant is raising money for Operation Homefront as well as giving out free slices of its double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake.

Denny's: Active, inactive and retired military personnel can get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam from 5 a.m. to noon.

Golden Corral: Anyone who has served in the military can get a free dinner on Monday, Nov. 13 (not Veterans Day, which is Nov. 11).

Hooters: Get a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu. Items include wings, a Hooters Burger and a buffalo chicken salad or sandwich. A drink purchase is required.

IHOP: Get a free order of red, white and blue pancakes on Friday, Nov. 10 (not Veteran's Day). IHOP will also donate $1 toward Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, an organization that provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty, for each order of red, white and blue pancakes purchased during November.

Krispy Kreme: Get a free doughnut and small coffee, no purchase or ID required.

Little Caesars Pizza: Get a free $5 hot-and-ready lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

LongHorn Steakhouse: Get a free dessert or appetizer (no other purchase required). Those dining with the veteran or active duty military member will also get 10 percent off their bill.

Olive Garden: Get a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu.

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery: Get a free Magnificent Seven meal, which includes two eggs, two pieces of bacon and three pancakes.

Red Lobster: Get a free appetizer or dessert.

Red Robin: Get a free Tavern Double Burger and bottomless steak fries.

Ruby Tuesday: Get a free appetizer.

Starbucks: Get a free tall brewed coffee.

Texas Roadhouse: Get a free lunch entree from a special Veterans Day menu. Items include a 6-ounce sirloin steak, pork chop, and a pulled pork dinner.

TGI Fridays: The restaurant is offering a free lunch entree up to a $12 value between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Vets and active duty military members will also get a $5 coupon for a return visit. 


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