Local businesses, groups plan to honor veterans

Hannah Grover
A member of Kirtland Central High School JROTC commands the group on Nov. 8, 2014, during the Veterans Day parade in downtown Aztec.

FARMINGTON — This week, businesses and organizations throughout San Juan County will honor veterans and activity members of the military in recognition of Veterans Day, which is on Wednesday.

An annual Veterans Day parade on Aztec's Main Avenue will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Prior to the parade, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 614 will host a pancake breakfast in the post's bingo hall, 201 S. Park Ave. Plates are $2 each, but veterans and ROTC members eat for free.

The VFW is not the only location offering free meals for veterans.

The Farmington Indian Center, 100 W. Elm St., will host its annual Giving Thanks for Our Veterans Dinner at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Plates are $5, and veterans can eat the meal for a small donation.

Patriot Guard Riders cruise down Main Avenue in Aztec to pay respect to veterans on Nov. 8, 2014, during the Veterans Day parade.

Several local restaurants will also offer free meals to veterans on Wednesday.

Annie Hurlbut, a spokeswoman for the Farmington Texas Roadhouse, said all veterans and active duty military personnel can get a free meal from a select menu at the restaurant from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Also on Veterans Day, veterans can write where and when they served on several boards that the restaurant plans to display, Hurlbut said.

St. Clair's Winery and Bistro, 5150 E. Main St. in Farmington, is also hosting a similar event for veterans and current members of the armed forces.

Like Texas Roadhouse, the winery and bistro will offer veterans and active military free meals from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday. Meal options will be listed on a special Veterans Day menu.

Veterans who are interested in exploring the outdoors can take advantage of the National Park Service's fee free day. Every year, the park service waives its entrance fees to all locations to honor veterans. Nearby sites that will be fee free include Mesa Verde National Park, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Hovenweep National Monument.

Entrance fees will be waived for everyone on Wednesday.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

The Kirtland Central High School JROTC walks down Main Avenue in Aztec on Nov. 8, 2014, during the Veterans Day parade.