FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Veterans Day is on Nov. 11, and many stores, restaurants and events across Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley are looking to honor active and retired military members.

A continuously updated list of notable events can be found below:

Fort Smith Veterans Day Parade

  • Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC), the Arkansas Department of Health, and the Veterans Day Parade in Fort Smith are partnering to provide free Pfizer and flu vaccines on Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Those who are 5 years and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and those six months and older may receive the flu vaccine. Ages 6 months-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

20th annual Van Buren Veterans Day Parade

  • The 20th annual Veterans Day Parade in Van Buren will be held on November 13 at 2 p.m. on Main Street.
  • Lunch will be provided by Harps at 1 p.m. at Freedom Park for veterans and their families while supplies last.
  • Entertainment at Freedom Park will be 1-3 p.m.
  • For more information, call (479) 652-3374 or email vbvetparade@gmail.com

Art on the Bricks Art Walk

  • The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks is partnering with Downtown Rogers Art on The Bricks Art Walk.
  • The Rogers Experimental House on 121 W. Walnut Street will showcase the works of veterans and other artists during the 2nd Thursday art walk from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on November 10.
  • Live music, artist demonstrations, and arts and crafts exhibits will commemorate the service and talent of military veterans.
  • Civil War art and artifacts will be displayed along with military uniforms from past decades.
  • Downtown Rogers business will also host pop-up galleries with art by Rogers Public School Students and a variety of artists.

Pea Ridge National Military Park programs

  • In honor of Veteran’s Day, Pea Ridge National Military Park will conduct artillery demonstrations and a “Salute to the U.S. Soldier” military timeline on Saturday, November 12.
  • Artillery demonstrations will take place at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. behind the park visitor center. The military timeline will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in front of the visitor center and will include living historians dressed in U.S. uniforms from various conflicts in U.S. history.

Short Film Presentation at Museum of Native American History

The MONAH will show two short films throughout the day on Nov. 11 and 12.

  • “Quapaw Nation Veterans Story” a Quapaw Nation Production features Bill Griffin (Marine) and Henry Ellick (Army), is narrated by Chairman Joeseph Byrd (Ogapah), and is produced by John Rodgers, Barry Linduff, and Justin Oden.
  • “Choctaw Code Talkers: Telephone Warriors” This 30-minute introduction to the Choctaw Code Talkers recognizes the Choctaw veterans of WWI and discusses their history and lives as telephone warriors. This recorded presentation is in partnership with The Choctaw Code Talker Association and is presented by Judy Allen.

Northwest Arkansas Community College Veterans Day Program

  • NWACC will be honoring military members on November 11 at 11 a.m. in White Hall Auditorium in Burns Hall.
  • NWACC President Dr. Dennis C. Rittle will be speaking. Dr. Rittle is a highly decorated veteran who collectively served 15 years in the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard, both stateside and abroad and during both peacetime and war to provide expert support for Kosovo in 1999.
  • There will be a special roll coll at the end and there will be a “In Memory Of” table on display. If you would like to have pictures or memorabilia on display, bring them before the start of the program.

Bella Vista Patriots

  • The Bella Vista Patriots will be hosting a Veterans Day event at New Life Christian Church located at 103 Riordan Road at 11 a.m. on November 11.
  • There will be speeches, military introductions, and hymns.

Arkansas Blood Institute Veterans Day Celebration

  • On Friday, Nov. 11, at donor centers only, military personnel past and present will receive limited-edition giveaways for their blood donation.
  • All Veterans who donate blood will receive a special blood donor challenge coin and active military donors will receive an American flag lapel pin. All successful donors will receive a Bigfoot-inspired T-shirt.

Below is a compiled list of businesses and restaurants offering discount services:

  • Fayetteville area Jiffy Lube service centers invite all active, retired, and veteran military to their location for a special 50% off any oil change on Friday, November 11, 2022. If customers are unable to visit on Nov. 11, this location offers 25% off any oil change each day throughout the year for active, retired, and veteran military.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day-use fees at its recreation areas nationwide. The waiver covers fees for boat launch ramps and swim beaches. It does not apply to camping and camping-related services or fees for specialized facilities and events. The status of its campgrounds, boat ramps, swim beaches and other sites are available here.
  • McDonald’s is offering a free breakfast combo meal for veterans and active-duty service men and women on Friday, November 11 from 6-10:30 a.m. Please bring your military ID.
  • Red Lobster is thanking veterans, active-duty military and reservists for their service by offering a free Walt’s Favorite Shrimp, Fries and Coleslaw available for dine-in and to-go orders placed in-restaurant with a valid military ID or proof of service between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. time on November 11.
  • Walton Arts Center is offering veterans $10 off tickets to Million Dollar Quartet Christmas Dec. 2-3 at Walton Arts Center using the promo code USA. The offer is valid Nov. 11-13. The link to the show is available here.
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is giving away a free pulled pork sandwich to military veterans in-store for carryout, in the Dickey’s app, or on the restaurant’s website using the code VETFREE all day. From Nov. 11 through Dec. 31,  Barbecue at Home by Dickey’s is taking 15% off all orders for veterans when they use the code VETERAN15.
  • The Fayetteville Jiffy Lube Service Centers are offering service members 50% off any oil change on November 11. If customers are unable to visit on November 11, Fayetteville area locations are offering 25% off any oil change any day throughout the rest of the year for active and veteran military.
  • Casey’s will be offering free coffee to active service members and military veterans as a small token of gratitude on Nov. 11.
  • Denny’s announced the return of its free Grand Slams for all military personnel on Veterans Day. A “Grand Slam” is Denny’s signature breakfast entree and includes two buttermilk pancakes, two bacon strips, two sausage links, and two eggs. The offer is valid for dine-in only at participating locations from 5 a.m. to noon* with a valid military ID or DD 214.
  • Dunkin’ is saluting those who dedicate themselves to protecting our country by offering a Free Donut for Veterans Day. Limited to one per guest while supplies last and available in-store only.
  • The Walton Arts Center is offering veterans $10 off tickets to one of three performances of “Million Dollar Quartet Christmas” by using the code USA at checkout. Tickets will be discounted on November 11-13. The performances will be on December 2-3. Tickets can be bought at waltonartscenter.org, in-person at the box office weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or by calling (479) 443-5600 weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors is offering veterans 10% in-store and online purchases from Nov. 11-13.