Veterans Day 2014: Parade route, free haircuts, coffee, meals for those who serve

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Veterans Day Parade Logistics

MANCHESTER, NH – The City of Manchester annual Veterans Day Parade will be held on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

Organized by the Manchester Veterans Council for the city, this parade will begin at Webster and Elm streets and end at Veterans Park, where a brief ceremony will be held.

Manchester Police caution residents that due to the parade, Elm Street will be closed from Webster Street to Granite Street at 10:15 a.m. and motorists should avoid the area of Elm Street.

Expect traffic delays on streets adjacent and parallel to Elm Street on parade day.

Additionally, eastbound traffic on the Amoskeag Bridge will be diverted to Canal Street and the eastbound span of the Bridge Street Bridge will be closed. West bound traffic on both bridges will not be possible during the parade. Motorists wishing to cross the Merrimack River are urged to use the Queen City Bridge or the Granite Street Bridge.

President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

Thank a Veteran

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…” President Woodrow Wilson, 1919

Click here for the history of Veterans Day, via the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

Also, you can get involved with the work of Liberty House in Manchester, a local refuge for veterans who have hit bottom and are working their way back.

Free Haircuts for Veterans, Active Military

Screen Shot 2014-11-09 at 10.02.00 PMSpencer Martin Barber Shop, 178 Route 101 in Bedford, located at the Bedford Village Shops, is teaming up with Pelletier Financial and offering free haircuts for all active military members and veterans on Nov. 11 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Free haircuts Nov. 11 for veterans at Spencer Martin Barber Shop in Bedford.
Free haircuts Nov. 11 for veterans at Spencer Martin Barber Shop in Bedford.

Owners Spencer and Judy Hibbard say it’s just one small way to thank veterans and military members for their service.

“We put a bucket out and anything we collect will go to the Liberty House in Manchester,” says Judy Hibbard.

The Liberty House provides transitional housing for homeless veterans who are living substance-free and  looking to turn their lives around.

Screen Shot 2014-11-09 at 5.07.44 PMOther Freebies for Veterans and Active Military

Traditionally, lots of chain restaurants offer free or discounted meals to veterans and active-duty military on Veterans Day, including Applebees (free meal), Carabbas (free appetizer),  Chuck E. Cheese’s (20 free tokens), UNO’s (free pizza), Starbucks (coffee for military/veteran and spouse) and plenty more – way too many to list here, especially since they are already compiled here, at Please share via social media and get the word out.

If you are a local business offering a special discount for veterans/active military in honor of Veteran’s Day, add it in the comments field below, or contact editor Carol Robidoux at


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Carol Robidoux

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Longtime NH journalist and publisher of Loves R&B, German beer, and the Queen City!