This Veterans Day, we join as a country and a community to thank the men and women who have served the United States. In Fort Wayne, Indiana, this day is marked with celebrations, ceremonies, and special offerings from local businesses. 

Here are a few ways to spend Veterans Day in Fort Wayne this year.

And if you're looking for additional discounts, check out these ongoing Military discounts offered around Fort Wayne.

Celebrate Veterans Day in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Parade through Fort Wayne honoring those who have served our country.

Veteran's Day Parade & Ceremony

Join the community at the annual Veteran's Day Parade and Ceremony on Saturday, November 6, to pay tribute and show gratitude to all who have served our country. The Veteran's Day Parade begins at 11am at the corner of State St. and Parnell Ave. The route continues north on Parnell Ave. and concludes at the Memorial Coliseum, where a special ceremony will take place.

Find full details here.

Visit the Veterans National Memorial Shrine & Museum and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

Dedicated and installed in May 2021, the 360 ft. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is an 80% replica of the original Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C. Visit the wall, now permanently displayed in Fort Wayne, to honor and pay tribute to all those who served and lost their lives in the Vietnam War. Find the names of loved ones etched into the wall.

The Veterans National Memorial Museum, covering 40 acres of memorial grounds and housing more than 2,000 military artifacts, states its commitment through these three objectives:

  • To provide a forever memorial for veterans of all wars in which the United States has been engaged.
  • To preserve important items of these wars and give future generations a better understanding of the historical past of the United States.
  • To provide a National Shrine in northeastern Indiana where “No Veteran will ever be forgotten.”

Find hours and more at honoringforever.org.

Veteran's Shrine Memorial Vietnam Wall

Free Golf for Veterans

On Thursday, November 11, veterans and active military personnel can hit the links for FREE at Foster Park and McMillen Park Golf Courses! Bring your ID and play for free. Call ahead to confirm course availability and reserve a tee time.

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

All military personnel, veterans, and their families receive free admission to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art! This great offer is available year-round, Tuesday–Sunday. If you can't enjoy the museum over Veterans Day weekend, keep this discount in mind for your next visit.

Explore Your Genealogy

Fort Wayne is home to the nation's largest public genealogy collection at The Genealogy Center. Plan a visit anytime to discover your ancestors who may have served their country and learn more about them.

On Thursday, November 11, you can also join a free virtual event offered by The Genealogy Center — Fireside Chat: Military Records. The staff will answer question about different types of military records and where to find them! Register here.

Memorial Sites Around Fort Wayne

Pay tribute to military personnel and veterans at various Military Memorial sites located around Fort Wayne. Or, welcome back honor flight veterans for their homecomings at the Fort Wayne International Airport—dates available in Fall and Spring. 

You can also discover special restaurant discounts and more at military.com.

Before you enjoy these discounts, please be sure to check on the requirements for each discount by calling the facility.

This post was originally published in November 2017 and has been updated.