DAN SCZWECK

Veterans Day is November 11. Honor those who sacrificed their well-being and lives for our country at these special ceremonies and events. Or, if you are a vet yourself, check out various promotions being offered to say thank you.

November 5

Flags for Heroes Dedication Ceremony
RWJUH Hamilton, Hamilton Twp.
11am-12pm
The Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton, in cooperation with the Mercer County Military Action Council (MCMAC), will help bring home an active U.S. military person as part of its third annual Flags For Heroes campaign, Nov. 1-18, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton. Residents and businesses can sponsor an American flag in honor of their hero on the grounds of the hospital. Net proceeds will be donated to non-profit organizations in Mercer County including MCMAC, which will help sponsor an active U.S. member to return to their family during their military leave. A Community Field Dedication and Veterans Day Ceremony will be held in front of the hospital on Nov. 5 from 11 am to noon.

November 6

Veterans Day Ceremony
Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club, Hopewell
11am
Inside the banquet hall, attend a solemn ceremony hosted by Mercer County Veterans Services. Say “thank you” to the brave men and women, past and present, who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

November 10

Expo for Veterans
Mercer County Office Park, Ewing
11 am – 12:30 pm
Veterans Services will highlight goods, services, programs and discounts available to our national heroes.

November 11

Veterans Day Ceremony
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, Holmdel
11 am
New Jersey’s official Veterans Day Ceremony is held by the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation, in partnership with the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

A Celebration of All Veterans
Veterans Park, Bayville
4:30-6:30 pm
There are a large number of veterans added to the honor list for the upcoming event. Name a flag in memory of a veteran; flags will be provided. The prayer ceremony starts at 4:30 pm, followed by a covered dish dinner at the Berkeley Recreation Center from 5-6:30 pm.

Veterans Day Drive-Through Celebration
St. Rose of Lima School, Freehold
1-1:30 pm
All U.S. military veterans and their spouses are invited to drive through the campus to be honored by students who will cheer and wave handmade signs in recognition of the veterans’ service.

Veterans Day Ceremony
Town Hall, Manalapan
11 am
The keynote speaker will be U.S. Army Veteran Karen G. Noe. Afterward, bagels, donuts and coffee will be served. Aside from the annual ceremony on Nov. 11, you can honor your loved ones who served in the military by ordering an engraved paver that will be placed along the Walk of Honor outside of Town Hall (pavers take 6-8 weeks to arrive).

Bells of Peace Ceremony
Elmwood Cemetery, North Brunswick
11 am
This special ceremony will be a remembrance of World War I.

Veterans Day Observance
Princeton University Chapel, Princeton
9 am in person; livestream option available
Remarks will be delivered by the Rev. Dr. Deborah K. Blanks, pastor of the historic 190-year-old Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church located in the Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood of Princeton. Rev. Blanks served for 10 years as an active-duty United States Navy chaplain, stationed at commands in Rhode Island, Virginia, Florida and North Carolina. The program will also include an invocation by Rev. Dr. Alison Boden, the university’s dean of religious life and of the chapel; and the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful by Kenneth Grayson, supervisor in the university electric shop. Mayor Mark Freda and Kam Amirzafari of The Spirit of Princeton will give welcome remarks. Dr. Mary Rorro, psychiatrist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will play an original musical arrangement, and Gabriel Chalick ‘24 will play Taps. The benediction will be offered by Khalil Abdullah, Princeton’s assistant dean for Muslim Life. Members of the general public are welcome to attend, but only if fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a safety policy that applies to people of all ages, including children. Immediately after the observance, the Princeton ROTC programs will conduct a swearing-in ceremony for new cadets and midshipmen on the steps of the chapel, followed by a reception in Murray-Dodge Hall.

Fire a Salute
Battleship NJ, Camden
Celebrate Veterans Day by making a donation to fire a salute from the battleship.

Veterans Day Appreciation
Big SNOW American Dream, East Rutherford
As a thank you to local veterans for their sacrifice and service, guests who visit Big SNOW from 1-9 pm will experience a priority skip-the-line lift service and receive a complimentary 2-Hour Slope Access Ticket voucher for a return visit.

Discounted Overnight Stay
Golden Nugget, Atlantic City
Show your military ID, whether you are active or retired, to get a discounted room rate, plus 20% of select retail and dining. You’ll also get free valet parking.

Free Golf
Mercer County
All active duty members and vets can enjoy a complimentary round of golf at any Mercer County Park Commission golf course, including Mercer Oaks East, Mercer Oaks West, Mountain View Golf Club, Princeton Country Club and Hopewell Valley Golf and Country Club.

Free Donuts
Dunkin’ locations
Although this isn’t a ceremony, Dunkin’ will offer a free donut to vets and active military service guests on Nov. 11.

Free Entre
Doherty-owned Chevy’s restaurants in Clifton and Linden are honoring all veterans and active-duty military with a special menu and free entrée.

Free Beer
All Doherty-owned Applebee’s restaurants across NJ are honoring veterans with a special “buy a vet a beer” promo. Through Nov. 11, Applebee’s will be pre-selling guests $4 10 oz mugs of Sam Adams draft beer to then give to veterans on Veterans Day. On Nov. 11, veterans can stop by the restaurant and get a free beer. Additionally, guests who purchase a beer can write a special thank you message on a coaster for veterans who come in for a beer.

Free Paintball for Military
Skirmish Paintball, PA
Pre-register and present your military ID at check-in and you’ll play for free! All non-military can play for $11 per person, pre-registered.

November 11-13

Veterans Weekend
Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson
All veterans and active military personnel will receive free park admission and free parking, a free meal, free drinks and a drink bottle and an array of commemorative gifts. Family and friends (up to four people) will receive discounted park admission. A valid military is required at the front gate.

Art Fair 14C
Jersey City Armory, Jersey City
The fourth edition of Art Fair 14C welcomes hundreds of regional, national and international artists, galleries and arts organizations under one roof. Vets and military personnel will be admitted for free during public hours over the weekend.

November 12

Veterans Day Celebration with the Libby Prison Minstrels
Ocean County Library, Brick Twp.
The Libby Prison Minstrels celebrate our veterans through songs, humors and stories. The organization represents Union officers who were POWs in Richmond’s most famous prison during the American Civil War. Several officers in Libby Prison formed a band to entertain the weary, sick and forsaken souls of their comrades.

November 13

Veterans Day Weekend Tailgate Party
Freehold Elks Lodge 1545, Freehold
Watch the game with some great people for a great cause. Boardwalk sandwiches, platters and snacks will be made to order.

November 14

Veterans Day Celebration
Veterans Memorial Middle School, Brick
This celebration will include a Wall of Honor, Living Museum stations, guest speakers and presentations. Mike’s Crumb Cake Factory will donate free crumb cake to all veterans and active duty members who attend.

November 18

District 12 Veterans Resource Fair
Bayville
This will be your one-stop shop for information and assistance. There will be representatives from the VFW, Veterans Service Office, Ocean County Veterans Administration, and Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, plus service providers such as Vetworks, Soldier On and Veterans Haven. Bring a copy of your DD214 and any other supporting documentation. As a bonus, Mike’s Crumb Cake Factory will be donating free crumb cake to all veterans!

November 20

Manor House Tours
New Jersey Botanical Garden, Ringwood
New Jersey Botanical Garden volunteer docents will lead visitors on a tour of the architecture and history of Skylands Manor. In honor of Veterans Day, all vets can tour the property for free on Nov. 20.

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