Vets Day offers events, freebies

Veterans: You proudly served (or continue to serve) our country. Now local businesses aim to give back, and other events are commemorating military service. We’ve rounded up the best deals for veterans in the Salem-Keizer area. Note that many require some proof of service. See and do • The Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial at the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs plays host to a tribute at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. Names of those recently killed while serving in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom will be unveiled. It’s at 700 Summer Street NE. • The Salem Kroc Center has free admission all day Friday, Nov. 11, to all veterans with military ID or DD124 between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free lunch for the first 150 veterans through the door. The event also includes free scuba lessons for vets and an employment and well-being fair for current and former military personnel. Veterans and currently-enlisted can sign up for membership with the $75 registration fee waived. • The National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Reclamation are waiving entry and parking fees at sites nationwide all weekend, Nov. 11-13. Other fees may still apply. • Willamette Master Chorus offers two veterans concerts: One in Albany at the First Assembly of God on Friday, Nov. 11...

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