Many ways to celebrate Veterans Day on Wednesday

Members of the Socastee High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps lay the wreath during the Grand Strand Patriotic Alliance Veterans Day program last year at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
Members of the Socastee High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps lay the wreath during the Grand Strand Patriotic Alliance Veterans Day program last year at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The Sun News file photo

For Veterans Day, with most events on Wednesday, the public has a plethora of places and ways to turn out and participate in extending thanks and appreciation for everyone who has served, or is active in, any branch of the U.S. military.

Also, various businesses will have freebies to honor active and former personnel on Veterans Day, including Coast RTA rides, Great Clips haircuts, and meals at a full menu of eateries.

If you go

‘Thank you’ freebies for veterans and active military

WHEN AND WHERE: All on Wednesday, and be ready to show proof of service or military ID –

▪ Free breakfast, 8:30-10 a.m. at The Original Spring House Family Restaurant at 4601 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach. 843-272-4880

▪ Free haircut cards, from all Great Clips salons: Veterans receive free haircuts, and they may pick up a card for more free haircuts through Dec. 31, with proof of military service. Also, any customer buying a haircut receives a free haircut card to give to a military member or veteran: In Gateway Plaza, 2790-K Church St. (U.S. 501), Conway, near Office Depot (843-369-1333); (Carolina) Forest Square, 2108 Oakheart Drive, near Ollie’s (843-903-1772); Plantation Pointe, 1221 38th Ave. N., Suite 111, Myrtle Beach (843-626-2228); Surfside Commons, 2707 Beaver Run Blvd., west of Surfside Beach, off S.C. 544, just east of U.S. 17 Bypass, near Wal-Mart (843-650-8711); and Gator Hole, 558 U.S. 17 N., North Myrtle Beach, near Wal-Mart (843-663-0855) www.greatclips.com

▪ “Thank You Movement” dine-in meals all day – beverages not included – from select menu (www.applebees.com/VeteransDayMenu) at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, including 7915 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach (843-497-5818); 1571 U.S. 17 N., North Myrtle Beach (843-280-3550); 1647 Church St. (U.S. 501), Conway (843-248-0078); and 3256 U.S. 17 Business S., Murrells Inlet (843-357-1938)

▪ Free dine-in lunch – choice of 10 entrees and beverage (Coca-Cola-brand soft drink, sweet/iced tea or coffee), 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Texas Roadhouse, 3037 U.S. 17 Business S., Garden City Beach. 843-357-3245

▪ Free meal with nonalcoholic beverage, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., while supplies last, at Bar-B-Que Houses: 1561 U.S. 17 Business N., North Myrtle Beach (843-249-6901); and 1205 U.S. 17 N., Surfside Beach (843-477-1801) bestbbqonthebeach.com

▪ Free dinner entree, for dine-in or takeout, 4 p.m.-closing at K&W Cafeterias: 7900 N. Kings Highway (843-449-1442) and 2001 S. Kings Highway (843-448-1669), Myrtle Beach; 1255 Tadlock Drive, Murrells Inlet, south of Inlet Square (843-357-1799); and 1621 U.S. 17 N., North Myrtle Beach, south of Intracoastal Waterway Bridge (843-280-8444) www.kwcafeterias.com

▪ 15th annual “Military Appreciation Night,” 5-9 p.m., with free “Thank you” dine-in meal for veterans and active duty personnel, at Golden Corral, 868 Oak Forest Lane, Myrtle Beach, at Seaboard Street (843-626-2300); 10600 Kings Road, near U.S. 17 and S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres and Tanger Outlets (843-449-0300); and 4690 East Coast Lane, Shallotte, N.C, (910-754-8100) www.goldencorral.com/military/default.asp

▪ Free rides, on Coast RTA, all routes across Horry and Georgetown counties. 843-488-0865 or www.ridecoastrta.com

▪ Free admission through Sunday for military personnel and veterans, and half off for accompanying family members, at Ripley’s Aquarium, at Broadway at the Beach, off 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, (843-916-0888, 800-734-8888 or www.ripleysaquarium.com), and at Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorium, 5D Moving Theater, and Marvelous Mirror Maze, all on 900 block of North Ocean Boulevard (843-448-2331 or www.ripleys .com/myrtlebeach).


▪ Veterans Day Service, 11 a.m. Wednesday at North Myrtle Beach Memorial Gardens, at U.S. 17, S.C. 9, S.C. 90 and Nixon Crossroads, including music by the Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe Band, at 10:30 a.m., and singers Leslie Clock and Jason Cox. 843-249-2932

▪ Veterans Day Ceremony, with Grand Strand Patriotic Alliance, 11 a.m. Wednesday on plaza of Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Oak Street at 21st Avenue North, with music at 10:30 a.m. by Festive Brass of Myrtle Beach. 843-236-2295

▪ Veterans Day Program, 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at Aynor Middle School, 4500 Frye Road, Galivants Ferry. 843-358-6000

▪ Surfside Beach Veterans Day Memorial Service, 2-3 p.m. Wednesday at Surfside Beach’s Passive Park, at veterans memorial, at Surfside and Willow drives, by front of Horry County Memorial Library Surfside Beach Branch. 843-650-9548 or www.surfsidebeach.org

▪ Former U.S. Rep. Barry Goldwater Jr., guest speaker for South Strand Republican Club, 6 p.m. Wednesday at Angelo’s Steak & Pasta, 2311 S. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach (843-626-2800). Meal $8, including tax and tip, or free for veterans, with reservations at 843-457-3004, 843-796-0730 or 843-385-3963.

▪ 12th annual “Salute to American Veterans” – including premiere of historical documentary “Patriot Dream: The Story of the Pilgrims” – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Coastal Carolina University’s Wheelwright Auditorium, off U.S. 501 in Conway. Free with ticket. 843-349-2787 or www.coastal.edu/culturalarts

▪ “Veterans Day Celebration,” with U.S. Rep. Tom Rice as guest speaker, and Wyndell Allen from Horry County Veterans Affairs office, 10 a.m. Sunday Nov. 15 at Grand Strand Senior Center, 1268 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach. Reservations requested at 843-626-3991, or email lpchccoa@gmail.com

▪ “Veterans Awareness Series,” for veterans and their family members and friends, with Bernard McLeroy, peer support specialist from Myrtle Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Clinic, 1-3 p..m. Dec. 7 at Myrtle Beach’s Chapin Memorial Library, 400 14th Ave. N. Free, but reservations requested. 843-918-1295, or email felton@chapinlibrary.org.


▪ Veterans Day Ceremony, by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10420, U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet, on Wednesday, at 9 a.m. with service including placement of flags on graves, at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery, 4182 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet; and noon, ceremony at VFW post, with Brandi Alamasi, a Marine Corps corporal who served in Iraq, as guest speaker on “Women in the Military,” with music from Pawleys Island Concert Band. Also: Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association “Poker Run” benefit for VFW Post, 10 a.m. Saturday (rescheduled from a rainout), for $15 rider and $5 passenger (www.cvma34-3.com). 843-651-6900

▪ “History for Lunch: The H.L. Hunley,” Ralph Wilbanks, underwater archaeologist, noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at S.C. Maritime Museum, 729 Front St., Georgetown. $20, including buffet by Alfresco Bistro; and $18 for members of museum or Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. 843-520-0111 or scmaritimemuseum.org

▪ “Veterans Day Tour, with Lee Brockington, historian, covering local World War II involvement, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hobcaw Barony, on U.S. 17, just north of Georgetown. $30, with reservations required. 843-546-4623 or www.hobcawbarony.org

▪ Veterans Day Parade, 4 p.m. Wednesday, west on Front Street into downtown Georgetown from East Bay Park in Georgetown, with meet and greet with Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James Livingston, 3 p.m., before parade. 843-546-3745

▪ “War Zone: World War II Off the N.C. Coast,” documentary and lecture with Kevin P. Duffus, 6:30-8 p.m. Friday at Georgetown County Library Waccamaw Neck Branch, 41 St. Paul Place, Litchfield Beach, off Willbrook Boulevard. Free, but reservations requested by email at sbremner@gtcounty.org. 843-545-3623 or georgetowncountylibrary.sc.gov


▪ “Warrior Ride: Non-Traditional Veterans Day,” with program by Bob Racine, founder of The Warrior Ride, a nonprofit organization helping in rehabilitation of wounded war heroes through adaptive bicycling and morale events nationwide, during Daughters of the American Revolution Brunswick Town Chapter meeting, 10 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St., Southport, N.C. 910-253-8853, 910-540-0301 or darbrunswicktownchapter.blogspot.com