With Memorial Day, 2015, just around the corner, it’s a good time to start planning for those family trips and events. For veterans and their families, there are many opportunities available for events, meals, discounted shopping, and even free rewards for having served their country.
Many cities throughout the country offer parades to commemorate the occasion, and some cities may even offer events. The best place to find events to enjoy include the local newspaper as well as the local VA medical center, clinic, or public library in the area. Many towns have already started announcing their plans for the day’s festivities.
Although there are many sites available that allow veterans and military personnel to search for Memorial Day discounts, special offers, free tickets, and possibly a free meal, it’s a good idea to stick to the more well-known sites online, as they list these resources as a courtesy. It’s also a good idea to check these sites often, especially around other holidays as offers are available year round. Veterans organizations like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) also offer various member discounts programs to veterans and military to use including travel, banking, and discounts. VFW affiliates offer programs to assist veterans and their families.
Some of the more well known places to find these offers include Military.com. In addition to offering a discounts information center with articles and other related information, veterans may receive discounts on everything from cars through GM to discounts through Home Depot. Many Memorial Day 2015 activities are listed with the requirements for attending those events. Although events are a big part of the festivities for Memorial Day, veterans or military members may decide to take advantage of the tickets available through sites like Sea World or the Bronx Zoo. The usual military attractions are also available, including the Vietnam War Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. A free newsletter is available.
King’s Island, an amusement park 21 miles North of Cincinnati off Hwy. 71, is offering a special the members of the Armed Forces and their families. May 22–25, the park is open to all honorably or medically discharged veterans, National Guard, active and retired military, and Reserve Officer Training Corps candidates. Tickets are free, include tickets for family, and only require a valid ID.
Another resource to use to find discounts, as well as information about how to find discounts and special offers, is Air Force veteran Rian Guina’s blog, Military Wallet. According to Guina, most military discounts aren’t publicized, so it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Most Allied countries including England, Australia, and South Africa pay tribute to their dead on November 11, Remembrance Day. Americans celebrate this day as a tribute to all veterans. Memorial Day is a holiday that was instituted much earlier by the federal government to commemorate the end of the Civil War and pay tribute to those who died. The Memorial Day holiday is celebrated on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day 2015 occurs on May 25.
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