How to Honor the Veteran in Your Life

Honor all who served

Veteran’s Day 2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War 1. Honor those who serve can be as simple as letting them know you appreciate their service. Here are a few ideas for celebrating and honoring Veteran’s Day in Aurora.


Open every day from dawn until dusk, the Colorado Freedom Memorial is the country’s only memorial of its kind; it honors every Colorado soldier killed or missing in action from every war. This admission-free memorial is surrounded by a four-acre park and is a center for community pride, respect, and belonging. Learn more about the memorial.


Showing appreciation for your veteran can be simple. Visit one of Aurora’s many locally-owned coffee shops scattered throughout the city and share a cup of joe. You’ll enjoy freshly roasted beans, calming atmospheres, and even some sweet treats. Check out this list of coffee shops to get started.


Colorado’s love of craft beer goes beyond expectations. Head over to Launch Pad Brewery to taste one (or a few) of their craft brews. Owner and Founder, David Levesque, is a retired United States Air Force Veteran as was previously stationed at Aurora’s own, Buckley Air Force Base. David and his crew now run Aurora’s only rocket-themed brewery and taproom. Try some of their rotating taps and seasonal brews. Veterans and visitors are also welcome to visit Dry Dock Brewing Co. to purchase a beer for a veteran to redeem on Sunday. More details here.


Many national restaurants celebrate Veteran’s Day through discounted or free veteran meals. In Aurora, stop by Bar Louie for a free flatbread pizza or burger or check out Buffalo Wild Wings for free wings. Discover this national list for more deals. Interested in trying something new? There are more than 350+ ethnic eateries in Aurora, here’s a list of places you need to try.


Handcrafted and Colorado-themed goods make memorable gifts for local veterans. Stop by the LOCAL, located in Southlands. This market is filled with homemade foods, like salsas and salty snacks as well as dozens of home goods and apparel items. All items are sourced from locally-based Colorado merchants and artist. It’s the best place to grab a meaningful gift that reminds them of home.


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