Thanking those who have served on Veterans Day is an American tradition that stretches back nearly a century, to World War I's final chapter.
Over the decades, we've taken this important day, November 11, as an opportunity to show gratitude to members of the military. The thousands of observances through the years have included ceremonies, speeches, films, parades, and numerous other ways to display honor and history.
If you're taking part or all of the day to commemorate the hallowed occasion, look to those places around Southern California, and beyond, which are spotlight something special for veterans and their friends and family.
What to do, where to go and what to see
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America's Parade LA: The West LA Veterans Affair Campus event will include "veterans, active duty military personnel, high school and college bands, and supporters of our veterans community." Eleven in the morning is the start time on Nov. 11. Be sure to look for the NBC4 booth, which will be the place for free coffee during the event.
Veterans Day Deals Around Town: A number of businesses and chains will say thank you via complimentary meals and other discounts on Friday, Nov. 11. Plan on dining at Denny's, Boston Market, or another place on the lengthy roster? Make sure you note any special times and what exactly the meal or treat will be.
Parades and Ceremonies: While Veterans Day commemorations began the weekend before Nov. 11, several will dot the Nov. 11 calendar across the region. The San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade and the City of Orange Veterans Day Ceremony are just two of the area's events honoring those who have served.
Veterans Day in the National Parks: Our beautiful natural spots and historic sites and battlefields and monuments only see waived admission on a few important days a year. Friday, Nov. 11 is one of those days, the final one on the calendar, and while the majority of parks are free all year long, some 127 places will welcome everyone, no admission required, over the entire day.