Your Town, Nov. 10, 2013

Veterans Day — first known as Armistice Day — was originally enacted to commemorate of the end of “The Great War” or World War I.

The history of Veterans Day, detailed at http://www.va.gov, explains that in 1918, the “armistice (cessation) of hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

“The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11 a.m.,” according to the website.

Ninety-five years later, the day is still observed as “a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”

The Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado and the Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park will host the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, at the Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park, at the Colorado Welcome Center in Fruita.

The ceremony, expected to last an hour, will feature keynote speaker Mesa County Administrator, Col. Tom Fisher as well as music and more. The public is invited and those attending are encouraged to take their own seating.

Other events on Monday:

■ Veterans Day Flag Ceremony, 1:30 p.m. Monday, The Commons of Hilltop, 625 27 1/2 Road, 244-0690

■ Veterans Day Flag Ceremony 3 p.m. Monday, The Fountains of Hilltop, 3203 N. 15th St., 244-0690

Here are a few discounts and Veterans Day specials for servicemen and women:

■ Supercuts in the Grand Valley will offer free haircuts Monday to military veterans and active military servicemen/women, from 9 a.m.– 7 p.m., at 2740 U.S. Highway 50, 242-7288; 964 North Ave., 424-5488; and 3235 Interstate 70 Business, 523-5488. Take military ID or proof of previous service.

■ Applebee’s — one free Signature Meal on Veterans Day

■ Chilis — choose one of seven free meals on Veteran’s Day

■ Denny’s — free-all-you-can-eat-pancakes from 6 a.m.–2 p.m. Monday for all active, inactive or retired military

■ Famous Dave’s ­— check famousdaves.com for details

■ Golden Corral Military Appreciation Monday 4–9 p.m. Monday

■ Hooters invites veterans and current servicemen and women to enjoy a free meal, up to $10.99 in value with any drink purchase, with military ID or proof of service

■ Little Caesars — free Crazy Bread on Veterans Day

■ Olive Garden — Veterans and current service members get a free meal from the special menu

■ Outback Steakhouse — free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage

■ Texas Roadhouse — free lunch and drink from a limited menu

■ Einstein Bagels free Bagel and Shmear, or any other topping, to all active, inactive and retired military personnel on Monday.

■ Red Lobster — service members receive a complimentary appetizer from a list of 10 options.

■ Village Inn — show your military ID or proof of military service and receipt a free breakfast.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a canned food drive to support local veterans, through November.

Take canned foods and nonperishable foods to the Long’s Park substation (north end, off of Patterson Road) from 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and the Main office, at 215 Rice St., from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The donations will be delivered to the local Vet Center, the first week of December.

The public is invited to donate a new, unwrapped toy to Toys for our Tiny Soldiers, that will go to a military child in need.

Donations will help military families that are struggling during the holidays.

Military families that need a little assistance are invited to a free “shopping” event from 
9 a.m.–2 p.m. Dec. 14, at the National Guard Readiness Center, 2820 Riverside Parkway.

Call 720-250-5571 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

High Desert Opera is seeking nonprofits interested in offering concessions during its fully-staged production of “Les Miserables,” Dec. 31, Jan. 3–4 and Jan. 11, in the Grand Junction High School auditorium.

A limited number of nonprofits will have the opportunity to raise funds for their organization during the production.

For more information, call Marnie Werner at 523-9605 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), before Nov. 30.

The League of Women Voters of Mesa County will host a panel of speakers representing government agencies, nonprofits and private companies, to discuss job availability in Western Colorado.

The event will be at noon Tuesday, in the Coyote Cafe, at School District 51’s Career Center, 2935 North Ave.

Members of the panel will describe the services, training and placement opportunities available to qualified youths and adults seeking first-time, re-entry, part- or full-time employment in all fields.

Lunch, prepared by culinary arts program students, will be available for $7.50. Arrive by 11:15 a.m. to order from the menu.

Visit http://www.lwvmesa.org for information.

Submit your Planner and community news items by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction, CO, 81502. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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