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Veterans Day

Vets and service members can see the animals for free at Woodland Park Zoo this year.

Family-friendly fun for Veterans Day

Events around town to honor local military veterans.

Here’s what’s happening this week to help mark Veterans Day, observed on Nov. 11. 

Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony, both in person and online. The keynote speaker will be U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Robert Otto, the former deputy chief of staff for the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency. The program will be live (and live-streamed on YouTube) at 11 a.m. to noon on Nov. 11. 

Museum admission will be free for all veterans and activity-duty military on Veterans Day.

At 1 p.m., there will be a screening of the Smithsonian Channel documentary “Memphis Belle in Color,” about the Eighth Air Force during World War II,  at the William M. Allen Theater at the museum. The screening will not be available online. 9404 E. Marginal Way South, Seattle

Gig Harbor event

Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor is hosting an outdoor, in-car event, Respect & Remember Our Veterans, on Nov. 11 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. The program will honor all vets, with a specific focus on vets who served during World War II. Sound will be provided by the student-run radio station KGHP (89.9 FM) in the Home Goods South parking lot. Lunch will be provided and there will be a flag ceremony, color guard, music and and invited speakers. RSVP to Uptown Gig Harbor, 4701 Point Fosdick Drive, Gig Harbor

Buffalo Soldiers exhibit at Seattle Center

A free educational exhibit at The Armory on Sunday, Nov. 21, explores the history of Buffalo Soldiers stationed at Seattle’s Fort Lawton in what is now Discovery Park. Hundreds of Black soldiers were stationed at Fort Lawton over a 75-year period as part of the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry, and they faced segregation in eating and sleeping quarters, as well as other discriminatory practices and systemic racism. Nevertheless, these veterans made meaningful contributions to the military and Seattle’s evolution, including in music, and this exhibit explores their history. 305 Harrison Street, Seattle.

Glass class

There’s a free Parent and Me intergenerational workshop at Pratt Fine Arts Center,  designed for one child, age 9 or older, plus one veteran to learn all about the medium of kiln glass. No experience is needed for this hands-on glass-making class. 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14. 1902 S. Main St., Seattle

Veterans Day at the zoo

On Nov. 11, the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle will be offering free admission to veterans or active-duty military members and their spouses. And up to six family members can each have a $3 discount on admission to the zoo. 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle 

Free car wash!

Veterans and active military members can get a free car wash at any Brown Bear tunnel car wash on Nov. 11. Go to the Brown Bear Car Wash site for details and locations. 

Free burgers!

Active-duty military personnel and veteran service members can receive a free burger, fries, a medium drink and up to two condiments on Nov. 11 at any Dick’s location. Uniform, fatigues or military ID required. From Nov. 8 through Nov. 14, all rounded-up donations will go to Seattle Stand Down, an organization with the goal of eliminating homelessness among veterans.

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About the Author

Jillian O'Connor

Jillian O’Connor is managing editor of the Seattle's Child print magazine. She lives in Seattle with her husband, two sons and a dog named after the Loch Ness Monster.