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Veteran's Day in Atlanta

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Each year on November 11 we take a moment to celebrate our country's heroes , the men and women of our military. Atlanta marks the day with an annual parade through downtown, and many other local cities hold ceremonies in remembrance of American's who have served their country.

Atlanta's Annual Veteran's Day Parade

The 2012 Veteran's Day parade will take place on Saturday, November 10, at 11:11 a.m. in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The route winds past many popular attractions including the Aquarium and the World of Coke.

The parade will start at Peachtree Street south of Ralph McGill/Ivan Allen Blvd and proceed south on Peachtree Street, turn right on Baker Street towards Centennial Olympic Park, The World of Coca Cola and Georgia Aquarium. The Parade Reviewing Stand will be on Baker Street between the World of Coca Cola and Georgia Aquarium.

The Grand Marshall in 2012 is veteran, actor and activist Tim Abell.

Freedom Ball

The 2012 Freedom Ball will be held on the evening of Saturday, November 10. The elegant event is held at the Ocean Ballroom in the Georgia Aquarium, where you can dine and dance with the beluga whales. There will also be a silent auction and trophies will be awarded to honorees.

Deadline for purchasing tickets is noon on November 7, 2012.

Marietta's Veteran's Day Celebration

The City of Marietta will celebrate veterans with a parade and ceremony near the historic Marietta Square. The parade will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 10 at Roswell Street Baptist Church and proceed down to the Marietta Square. At the end of the parade a ceremony will be held in Glover Park in the square.

Gwinnett County Veteran's Day Ceremony

Gwinnett County will host a public Veteran's Day ceremony on Sunday, November 11 at the Fallen Hero's Memorial in Lawrenceville. The memorial itself is a lovely tribute to our veterans, honoring 700 individuals who have given their life for our freedom. Their names, in random order and without rank, are carved on 13 black granite markers.

Atlanta Veteran's Day Run

Atlanta is taking part in a national 11K run - held in 10 cities - on November 11, 2012. There are special rates for active and retired military personnel. There is also a one mile fun run/walk. Registration is open until November 9, 2012.

Veteran's Day Deals and Freebies

Many restaurants offer special deals and discounts for veterans on Veteran's Day. Here are a few of the best offers for Veteran's Day 2012:
  • Applebees: free signature entree on November 11th at participating locations. Must present valid Veteran’s form of identification.
  • Denny’s: All you can eat pancakes for active duty military and veterans with a valid ID on November 12.
  • T.G.I. Fridays: free lunch entree on November 12 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. for those with military ID or in uniform.
  • Golden Corral: free meal to veterans and active duty military personnel from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. on November 12. All Golden Corral locations will be participating and no ID is required.
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