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Best Veterans Day Events for Families to Honor Service Members

Puget Sound–area events to honor vets in 2021

Nancy Chaney

Published on: November 04, 2021

Veteran dad in army fatigues and sitting in wheelchair smiles at and hugs daughter of about age 11. she is smiling at him, wearing a pink sweatshirt
A boy holding a flag watches a past Auburn's Veterans Day Parade. Credit: JSSWA Washington National Guard/Flickr CC

We owe our thanks to the thousands of men and women in our communities who serve or have served our country in the military. In honor of Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, we've rounded up local and national events — both virtual and in-real-life — during which families can pay tribute to our veterans.

From Naval Air Station Whidbey to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and all around the world, thank you to all our U.S. service members, past and present!

Ceremonies and events

The City of Auburn hosts a Veterans Day Parade and Observance, one of the largest in the western United States, honoring military and veterans. It's also an opportunity for families to see honor guards, military vehicles, veterans' units and high school marching bands (Saturday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m.; free).

The City of Shoreline will observe the holiday virtually again this year with a ceremony honoring military service, viewable all day on its YouTube channel (Thursday, Nov. 11; free).

Travel virtually to the Wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., to pay tribute to our veterans with a virtual ceremony (Thursday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.; free).

The City of Arlington invites the community to line its downtown parade route in honor of active and former military service members (Thursday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.; free).

Watch a livestream of Lynnwood's Veterans Day Ceremony, including a bugle call, musical performance, wreath-laying, firing salute and more (Thursday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.; free).

Join The Museum of Flight in honoring military and veterans in a ceremony that includes a keynote speaker and more. Catch the livestream if you can't make it in person. Admission is free for active and retired military (Thursday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.; included with admission for general public; livestream free).

Hear from the family of a brave Native American who fought during the "Battle of the Bulge" in this special virtual Veterans Day Commemoration hosted by the Washington State History Museum (Thursday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m.; free).

Discounts and deals for all

Everyone can enjoy free access to our country's amazing national parks on Veterans Day (Thursday, Nov. 11; free).

Our fantastic state parks honor the military, too, with free access for everyone on Veterans Day; no Discover Pass is required to park (Thursday, Nov. 11; free).

Discounts and deals for veterans and military

Veterans and their spouses are invited to visit the Woodland Park Zoo for free on Veterans Day. Additional family members (up to six) get $3 off on admission (Thursday, Nov. 11).

Veterans and active service members are invited to ice skate for free at the Highland Ice Arena public skate sessions. The cost of admission is $5 for everyone else (Thursday, Nov. 11).

Military families receive half-off admission at Hands On Children's Museum (Thursday, Nov. 11).

Veterans who sign up for Red Robin's loyalty program can enjoy a burger and fries on the house at participating Red Robin restaurants (Thursday, Nov. 11).

Veterans and current service members can pull up to one of Brown Bear Car Wash's tunnel locations and get a free car wash on Veterans Day; for others who get their car washed, Brown Bear will donate $1 to Puget Sound Honor Flight (Thursday, Nov. 11).

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