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What's going on in Elkhart for Veterans Day?

A list of local events and free services to honor veterans for the Nov. 11 holiday.
Posted on Nov. 6, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 6, 2013 at 4:10 p.m.

Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11. Here is a listing of local events and free services honoring veterans.


Echo Taps

Student and adult volunteers organized by Echo Taps for the Heart will play taps beginning at 10 a.m. outside The Lerner Theater in downtown Elkhart on Monday. The group will parade to Rice Cemetery at 400 James St., where a ceremony will take place around 10:45 a.m.


There will be an 11 a.m. ceremony outside the Goshen Courthouse. The Goshen Honor Guard will play taps, fire rifles, and raise and lower the flag.

Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center

SJRMC will host a Veterans Day celebration at its Mishawaka campus at 11 a.m. Monday. Guest speaker is U.S. Navy veteran Ralph Bakle, who was awarded a Silver Star and a Purple Heart during his time in the military. The building is located at 5215 Holy Cross Parkway, Mishawaka.

NorthWood Middle School

Veterans and their families will be honored at NorthWood Middle School’s annual Veterans Day celebration at 8 a.m. Monday. The speaker for this event is local veteran Judge Evan Roberts. The Indiana Army National Guard will be the color guard, and the student choir will sing patriotic songs and the national anthem. Veterans who want to participate should contact Mary Ann Krzyanowski at 862-2710 by Friday, Nov. 8.

Nappanee Elementary School

Veterans are invited to Nappanee Elementary School at 8 a.m. Nov. 15 for the school’s Veterans Day program. An assembly begins at 8:45 in the school gymnasium.

Mary Beck Elementary School

A Veterans Day assembly will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday. There will be several performances by students and others, and veterans will speak about freedom. At the end of the event, buglers will play taps in the parking lot. Veterans are invited to stay for cake and coffee.

Elkhart County Historical Museum

The Elkhart County Historical Museum will present a History of Military Uniforms program at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The museum will display uniforms and military items from its collection. These items include a drum belonging to Avery Brown, the youngest soldier to enlist in the Civil War; and a piece of the Robert E. Lee’s flag of surrender. Veterans will be admitted free, and admission is $2 for all others. The museum is located at 304 W. Vistula, Bristol.

Free stuff

John’s Auto Spa

John’s Auto Spa in Nappanee will give free car washes to veterans and current military servicemen and women from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. The business is located at 2000 E. Market St., Nappanee.

Drive & Shine Car Wash

Drive & Shine Car Wash is offering a free diamond car wash to veterans and active duty military on Monday. Locations are at 4340 South Ironwood, South Bend; 5406 N. Main Street, Mishawaka; 2714 Cassopolis Street, Elkhart; and 400 North Nappanee St., Elkhart.

The Shoppes at Coppes Commons

The Shoppes at Coppes Commons, 401 E. Market St., Nappanee, and Second Saturday of Nappanee will host a free lunch for veterans at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. The lunch will be on the main floor next to Culinary Mill. RSVP to 536-0758.

Miller’s Senior Living

Miller’s Senior Living in Wakarusa will offer a free meal to veterans between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday. The facility is located at 303 N Washington St, Wakarusa.

Papa Vino’s

The Mishawaka Papa Vino’s will offer a free entree to veterans and enlisted military personnel from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Those interested in getting the free meal should bring proof of military service. The restaurant is located at 5110 Edison Lakes Parkway, Mishawaka.

Martin’s Super Markets

Martin’s Super Markets will offer a free Honor Meal from the deli to veterans and active military personnel from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. Those interested in receiving an Honor Meal should show their military identification card at the checkout. This year’s meal includes two pieces of deli chicken, a side of mashed potatoes, a side of cold salad, a roll, a deli beverage, milk, a serving of ice cream and a slice of cake, while supplies last. Meals are available for eat-in, and minimal carry-out packaging will be available. Stores are located in South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Elkhart, Goshen, Plymouth, Nappanee, Logansport and Warsaw.

Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse is offering a free lunch to veterans and active duty military from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. Interested customers need to show a military ID or discharge papers. Texas Roadhouse is located at 3015 Brittany Court in Elkhart and at 4635 S. Michigan St. in South Bend.

McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk

The restaurant is offering buy-one-get-one free entrees to veterans on Monday. Customers must show military ID and mention the offer when ordering. McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk is located at 333 Nibco Parkway, Elkhart.

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