Veterans Day 2010 Freebies & Discounts: Things to Do

Sheri Reed
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marines veterans female womenTomorrow is Veterans Day 2010. Do you and your family have plans to head out and show your appreciation for America's armed services veterans, as well as our active service men and women?

From free admission to discounts, I've asked the folks at the Coupon Sherpa to share their freebies and discounts for 2010 Veterans Day outings, events, museums, and ceremonies around the country. There are a lot of things to do on Veterans Day (check your local event listings, too), so let's celebrate our dedicated men and women of honor tomorrow.

VETERANS DAY 2010 FREE & DISCOUNTED OUTINGS BY STATE

CALIFORNIA

Sea World 
Throughout 2010, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter any one of Anheuser-Busch's Sea World, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place parks with a single-day complimentary admission.

Universal Studios Hollywood 
"The Entertainment Capital of L.A." offers discount options for tour and attraction tickets to all armed-forces members all year long, including Veterans Day. Eligible members include retirees, Department of Defense personnel, members of the National Guard and Reserves, their dependents, and all other base personnel.

FLORIDA

Brevard Zoo 
Located in Melbourne, Florida, Brevard Zoo will once again offer free admission to all active and retired military from November 11 to 14. As part of Veterans Weekend, Elton John’s red player piano will be on exhibit, performing exclusive Elton John recordings with the artist's vocal performances faithfully reproduced. In the event any military person is currently on active duty and not in the county or country, the Zoo will give free admission to their spouse.

Busch Gardens 
Throughout 2010, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter any one of Anheuser-Busch's Sea World, Busch Gardens, or Sesame Place parks with a single-day complimentary admission.

Sea World 
Throughout 2010, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter any one of Anheuser-Busch's Sea World, Busch Gardens, or Sesame Place parks with a single-day complimentary admission.

LOUISIANA

Vicksburg National Military Park 
The park at Port Hudson, Louisiana, commemorates the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg by offering free admission to everyone on Veterans Day. Over 1,340 monuments, a restored Union gunboat, and National Cemetery mark the 16-mile tour road.

MASSACHUSETTS

Battleship Cove 
The world's largest naval-ship museum, located in Fall River, Massachusetts, offers free admission and a special ceremony for veterans, active duty, and reservists on Veterans Day.

PENNSYLVANIA

Sesame Place 
Throughout 2010, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter any one of Anheuser-Busch's Sea World, Busch Gardens, or Sesame Place parks with a single-day complimentary admission.

TEXAS

Busch Gardens 
Throughout 2010, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter any one of Anheuser-Busch's Sea World, Busch Gardens, or Sesame Place parks with a single-day complimentary admission.

San Jacinto Museum of History
The San Jacinto Monument in Texas rises 570 feet above the battleground and stands as a memorial to the men who fought for Texas independence. As such, it's fitting for San Jacinto to honor all military personnel on Veterans Day by providing free admission to all its venues.

Sea World 
Throughout 2010, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter any one of Anheuser-Busch's Sea World, Busch Gardens, or Sesame Place parks with a single-day complimentary admission.

VIRGINIA

Colonial Williamsburg
Active-duty and immediate family members receive discounts to this living-history museum year round. Visit the MWR/ITT offices at your military installation to obtain an exclusive Military One-Day-Plus Pass, or receive 10-percent off any general-admission pass at the walk-up ticket windows. Call 1-800-HISTORY   for more information

Historic Jamestown 
Historic Jamestown, the original site of the 1607 James Fort and the 17th century city of Jamestown, salutes U.S. veterans, current armed forces members, and their family members with free admission on Veterans Day. No I.D. is required.

NATIONWIDE

National Parks and Public Lands

Admission is free on Veterans Day to everyone at all national parks and Bureau of Land Management public lands.

VETERANS DAY 2010 CEREMONIES

Alexandria (Va.) Black History Museum
Honor the African American men and women who fought and continue to fight for our country by attending the Veterans Day event that includes speakers, music, and dramatic presentations. The event is free to all and runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Arlington National Cemetery 
Those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country are recognized with a wreath-laying ceremony each year at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on November 11. Seating in the amphitheater is limited, so visitors should plan to arrive at least a half hour before the ceremony. The service begins at 11 a.m. The cemetery is located in Arlington, Virgina, across the Potomac from Washington, D.C., at the west end of the Memorial Bridge.

Fort Ward 
A Union soldier in period uniform will lead free walking tours of Fort Ward in Alexandria, Virgina, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on November 6. The hour-long tours introduce the history of the Defenses of Washington, the role of Fort Ward (a 19th-century fortification), and the troops who were stationed nearby during the Civil War.

Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Special Veterans Day activities include a free patriotic community concert by an all-veteran barbershop chorus at 11 a.m. "Martha Washington" also will conduct a free discussion about her work with veterans at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Little Theater. Finally, a wreath laying is scheduled at 2 p.m. at the tomb of George Washington. The wreath laying is included with regular Mount Vernon admission, although there is no entry fee active military and veterans on Veterans Day.

National Marine Corps Museum 
Celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day with a ceremonial sword cake cutting at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on November 10. The Museum is located at 18900 Jefferson David Highway, Triangle, Va.

Navy Memorial 
The Naval District of Washington will lay a wreath at the Lone Sailor Statue as 1 p.m. in commemoration of Veterans Day at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian American History Museum 
Historian Robert Gandt discusses "The Twilight Warriors," his tale of the pilots, sailors, marines, and their Japanese adversaries who fought the battle for Okinawa -- the last and bloodiest sea and air engagement of WWII. The presentation begins at 3 p.m. on Veterans Day at the museum, located on the National Mall at 14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian American Indian Museum 
Photojournalist Steven Clevenger of the Osage Tribe discusses his book America's First Warriors: Native Americans and Iraq at 2 p.m. on Veterans Day at 4th St. and Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. Clevenger spent three years documenting the experiences of Native American soldiers in the Iraq War.

Parades By City
VetFriends.com has created a state-by-state database of Veterans Day parades across the country. Search for your city or add your official Veterans Day parade to their listing.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial 
The Veterans Day event at the Vietnam Wall features a color guard, speakers and a wreath-laying ceremony at 1 p.m. The Vietnam Memorial is located at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial at Constitution Ave. and Henry Bacon Dr. NW in Washington, D.C.

Vietnam Women's Memorial 
Vietnam-era veterans and the children of veterans tell stories "in their own voices" about their experiences from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Veterans Day. The Memorial is located next to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Constitution Ave. and Henry Bacon Dr. NW, Washington, D.C.

World War II Memorial
A wreath laying ceremony is scheduled at 9 a.m. on Veterans Day at the WWII memorial, located at 17th St. between Constitution and Independence avenues NW, Washington, D.C.

Don't miss the Veterans Day 2010 Retailer Deals and Veterans Day 2010 Restaurant Freebies, also here on The Stir.

What are your plans for Veterans Day?

 

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