Veterans Day celebrations, specials kick off this weekend in Vegas

Las Vegas is honoring veterans and active service members beginning this weekend through November with a variety of events and discounts.

Gary Sinise & The Lt. Dan Band will perform at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Fremont Street Experience. Special guest Phil Vandel will perform first at 5:30 p.m.

The celebration kicks off Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Fremont Street Experience with a free concert by Gary Sinise & The Lt. Dan Band at 7 p.m. Special guest Phil Vandel will perform first at 5:30 p.m.

The concert is part of the Nov. 8 – 12 Salute to the Troops. American Airlines along with MGM Resorts International and the United Service Organizations (USO) have partnered together to bring a group of wounded service members from around the country to Las Vegas for a weekend of events. Those servicemen will be VIP guests at the free concert by Gary Sinise & The Lt. Dan Band.

On Monday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. the 2013 Veterans Day Parade will be held in downtown Las Vegas. The parade is advertised as the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi River and features active duty and reserve soldiers, veterans groups and local organizations.

Members of a USAF honor guard march during a Veterans Day parade in downtown Las Vegas Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. Steve Marcus / Las Vegas Sun

The parade starts at Coolidge and 4th Street. It will run north on 4th Street passing the east end of the Fremont Street Experience and finishing up with the main review stand at Ogden Avenue and 4th Street near the newly opened Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino.

Aviation Nation, the annual air show at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas, was scheduled for Nov. 9 – 10. However due to defense budget cuts for 2013, the U.S. Air Force has prioritized combat readiness over other activities and the 2013 Aviation Nation (like other air shows) has been cancelled.

Some of the Veterans Day specials include:


Mac King
From Nov. 12 – 23, Mac King is offering active and retired military personnel two free tickets to his show.  To redeem the tickets, simply show a VIC (Veteran Identification Card), DAV ID card (Disabled American Veterans ID) or Common Access Card (CAC) at the Harrah’s Las Vegas Box Office.

“A mighty big thanks to the men and women of our military for all that they do,” King said. “It’s because of the sacrifices they make that I am able to do what I love. As a token of my appreciation I’d like to share my passion with them during a free afternoon of laughter and magic.”

V-The Ultimate Variety Show, VEGAS! The Show, B-Beatleshow and Recycled Percussion
From Nov. 11-18, active duty military members and veterans can show their military IDs at the V Theater or Saxe Theater box offices inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and say, “I’m a vet” to get $25 tickets (all taxes and fees included) to V-The Ultimate Variety Show, VEGAS! The Show, B-Beatleshow and Recycled Percussion.

Donny and Marie
Donny and Marie Osmond are offering buy-one-get-one free balcony seats for all active military and veterans through Nov. 23. Military ID will need to be presented when picking up tickets.

George Wallace
Wallace shows his appreciation for veterans and active duty military year round. The comedian offers service men and women one free ticket to his show.


Eiffel Tower Experience
Veterans can enjoy a free ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower experience.

Sky Combat Ace
Sky Combat Ace salutes veterans and active military by offering a 2-for-1 flight package in its historical Waco YMF- 5C this Veterans Day. This open cockpit biplane is based on the same design as the 1930s original and offers a unique way to view Las Vegas.


Garden Buffet at the South Point Hotel and Casino
The South Point Hotel and Casino is offering a free buffet to veterans and active duty military plus a guest on Monday, Nov. 11. The Garden Buffet will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 11.

Buffet of Buffets
On Nov. 11, all active and retired military service personnel can enjoy a free Buffet of Buffet pass for use (for 24 hours after being issued) at the following Caesars Entertainment buffets:

  • Caesars Palace, Bacchanal Buffet (with a $15 upgrade for breakfast, $20 for lunch and $25 for dinner)
  • Flamingo, Paradise Garden Buffet
  • Harrah’s Las Vegas, Flavors
  • Paris Las Vegas, Le Village Buffet
  • Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Spice Market Buffet
  • Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Carnival World Buffet
  • Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Village Seafood Buffet (with a $15 upgrade charge per visit)

Service members and veterans can get their pass at any Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas buffet by showing their government-issued military ID card.

BLT Burger at The Mirage
BLT Burger at The Mirage is offering all veterans and active duty military members a 50 percent discount for parties of two or less and a 25 percent discount of parties of three or more on Monday, Nov. 11. The discount will be off the total check.

Krispy Kreme
All veteran and active duty military personnel will receive a free donut and regular coffee at all Krispy Kreme Las Vegas locations on Nov. 11. Veterans and active duty military personnel who arrive in uniform or present appropriate military ID can enjoy the offer.

Park on Fremont
All former and active military members can enjoy a 20 percent discount on their bill at the restaurant on Nov. 11. The restaurant’s menu includes offerings like the San Diego Burger, topped with pepper jack cheese, salsa fresca and guacamole.

Additional Veterans Day specials are being offered throughout the Las Vegas valley.


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