75 years after Congress initially approved an act to make Armistice Day a legal holiday, now veterans across America will be honored on Monday.
With military roots that run deep in the east, several celebrations and events will honor heroes this Veterans Day.
In Greenville, a parade at the Greenville Town Common starts at 9:30 a.m. The Marine Corps band will be playing.
In Washington, a ceremony is set to start at 11 a.m. in Veterans Park on 3rd Street.
The American Legion Post is partnering with Greendale Forest Nursing & Rehab in Greene County to host a program today at 2 p.m. That ceremony will give special honors to the two WWII veterans and several Korean War Veterans at the facility.
Tryon Palace in New Bern is also getting in on the celebration. With a valid military I.D., active duty members and veterans can get in for free from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Immediate family members with that service member will be offered a discounted rate for the day.
In an effort to show gratitude, veterans also have a few meal options that will not cost a dime today.
All veterans and active duty military members can have dinner on the house at Golden Corrals starting at 5 p.m.
For those in the mood for something meaty, veterans and active duty service members can have a free lunch on Monday at Texas Roadhouse restaurants in Greenville, Jacksonville, and Wilmington.
Applebee's will give all veterans and active duty military a free entree on Monday.
Olive Garden gives all veterans and current service member a free meal from a special menu, while their families dining with them get 10% off.
If you are looking to take advantage of the complimentary meals to honor your service, guests are reminded to have proof of service to show, such as military or VA card, or discharge papers.