Veterans Day facts & local ceremonies

Local ceremonies

In Martinez, Veterans Day ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. at Alhambra Cemetery on Carquinez Scenic Drive. There will be a benediction, followed by a placing of a wreath and Posting of Colors by the Sea Cadets.

Ceremonies will continue at 11 a.m., this time at Plaza Ignacio Park in front of City Hall, 525 Henrietta St., Martinez. The program will include messages from the mayor, and a special message by Martinez Veterans Commissioner, Ingemar Olsson. Representatives from the offices of Congressmen Mark DeSaulnier and Mike Thompson will also participate in the ceremony, along with representatives of Senator Lois Wolk and Supervisor Federal Glover. A remembrance will be delivered by Martinez Veterans Commissioner Richard Philbrook. Gayle Haefke and the Martinez Community Chorus will perform. Then the ceremony will conclude with a benediction by Pastor Terry Reilly, followed by a 21 Gun Salute by the American and Veterans of Foreign Wars, along with Taps performed by Jennifer Oertel. After the ceremony, brunch will be served at the Veterans Memorial Building, 930 Court St., Martinez. The community is invited to attend.

In Concord, Veterans and their families will take part in a ceremony at Willow Pass Recreation Center, 2748 E. Olivera Road. That will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a Veterans Day Invitational Softball Tournament. Food and beverages will be sold, with proceeds benefiting the Marines of the Concord Reserve Training Center and the Vet Center Vigilantes softball team. For more information on the event, email


Many local restaurant chains and retailers will be offering veterans discounts on Nov. 11.

Boston Market, Buffalo Wild Wings, California Pizza Kitchen, Chipotle, Claim Jumper, Denny’s, IHOP, Mimi’s Cafe, Outback Steakhouse, Red Robin and even IKEA are all offering either free or discounted meals, along with a host of other restaurants.

Sport Clips and Great Clips  will be offering free haircuts to veterans. Home Depot and Lowes will take 10 percent off veterans’ in-store purchases on Nov. 11, and at participating Meineke locations, all veterans may receive a free basic oil change.

Military ID is required at most participating locations.

For a complete list of discounts, visit

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