Veterans Day weekend features observances and free meals for veterans

Veterans Day stretches across an entire weekend this year. The thanks to those who served begin with the 6th Annual Northern Colorado Veterans Stand Down on Friday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Catholic Charities Northern-The Mission at 460 Linden Center Drive, Fort Collins.

Services for homeless veterans will include a continental breakfast served at 9 a.m. and a hot meal served from noon to 1 p.m.; flu shots, oral cancer screening and suicide prevention counseling; distribution of clothing and basic living essentials; legal services; bicycle tune-ups and free haircuts.

Vets can catch a ride from the parking lot behind House of Neighborly Service at 565 N. Cleveland Ave., Loveland at 8:30 a.m. or at the Disabled American Veterans at 1830 Eighth Ave., Greeley at 8 a.m. Bring a Veterans ID if possible, although it is not required. Info: Fort Collins/Loveland: Sharon, 970-353-3800 ext. 6712; Teresa, 970-498-6645; or Tom, 970-498-6556; in Greeley, call Tim, 970-498-6656

The Veterans Day 5K takes place on Saturday, Nov. 10, starting at 9 a.m. on the Colorado State University Oval, Laurel and Meldrum streets in Fort Collins. $25 for 17 and under, $30 for everyone else before noon Nov. 9; $5 more the day of the race. Info:

On Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, a free breakfast will be served from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Fort Collins Senior Center for veterans, their families and friends, sponsored by the Golden K Kiwanis. The CSU Wing Walkers will post the colors at 8 a.m. and all participants of all branches of the service will be honored. Info: 970-221-6644,

Free Sunday breakfast will also be served at the George W. Beach American Legion Post 4, 2124 County Road 54G (Old Highway 287 at Taft Hill Road), from 7 to 11 a.m. The day will feature raffles and entertainment for all veterans, their families and Legion members, including blackjack games from 1 to 10 p.m. Info: 970-484-0418.

And the Applebees at 4306 South College Avenue in Fort Collins will be serving free meals to veterans and active military as part of its Thank You Movement on Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

The American Legion Honor Guard will participate in traditional observances at both the Edora Veterans Memorial at Edora Park, 1420 E. Stuart St., and the Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado in Spring Canyon Community Park on West Horsetooth Road.

On Monday, Nov. 12 – when banks, government offices and the postal service will be closed in observance of Veterans Day – Pathways Hospice will hold a special ceremony from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Honoring Veterans Garden at 305 Carpenter Road in Fort Collins. Info: 970-663-3500.

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