A full slate of activities — and plenty of giveaways — highlight Veterans Day in Nashville.
• The annual Veterans Day parade rolls out at 11 a.m. from the Broadway-Interstate 40 intersection, moving east along Broadway to Third Avenue. The parade will feature the usual trappings of marching vets, patriotic music from local high school bands and the 101st Airborne Division Band and a flyover by the Tennessee National Guard.
• Civil War historian James Lee McDonough will be signing books at Lipscomb University’s Beaman Library starting at 3:30 p.m.
• The U.S. Army Field Band will offer an evening of music in honor of the holiday at First Presbyterian Church on Franklin Pike. Doors open at 7:20 p.m. Admission is free but tickets are required. For more information, call the church at 383-1815.
• The Nashville Zoo is offering free admission for active military personnel, military veterans and their families. With proof they are in the military, servicemen and their immediate families can get in for free during the zoo's normal hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Visitors must show their military ID, veteran organization ID, discharge papers or other official military identification to be given free admission.
• Also with proof of service, Applebee’s is offering a free meal to vets and active duty service members Wednesday. Outback Steakhouse is giving away a Bloomin' Onion appetizer and beverage to past and present military members and Krispy Kreme has free doughnuts. Home Depot and Lowe’s will give 10 percent discounts to military and vets.