Honor Idaho’s veterans with parades, pancakes and patriotic music

Honor Idaho’s veterans with marching bands and military pomp at the annual Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Boise.
Honor Idaho’s veterans with marching bands and military pomp at the annual Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Boise. Idaho Statesman file

Although Veterans Day is, Friday, Nov. 11, the Treasure Valley will celebrate those who served with events in advance of the official date.

▪ The Boise Veterans Day Parade will roll down Downtown Boise streets at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, with a new route and “A Salute to Women in Uniform,” with grand marshals Command Sergeant Major Linda R. Burkhart of the Idaho Army National Guard and Colonel Stephanie L. Sheppard of the Idaho Air National Guard. The parade will feature all branches of the military services, veterans organizations, marching bands, tanks and other military vehicles. The new route starts at 8th and Jefferson Streets, heads east to 4th Street, turns south to Bannock Street and returns to 11th Street. BoiseVeteransDayParade.org.

▪  Pancakes, sausage and hash brown potatoes are on the menu for the annual Veterans Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Warhawk Air Museum, 201 Municipal Drive, Nampa. You also can see the museum’s exhibits. It’s $5 general, $3 veterans, seniors, children 5-12. 465-6446, WarhawkAirMuseum.org.

▪  Enjoy a free concert from the Treasure Valley Concert Band and Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale, honoring veterans and first responders with a program that includes music by John Philip Sousa, John Williams (“Saving Private Ryan”) and others. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. Free.

▪ If you’re a veteran and hungry on actual Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11, here are a couple of places you can get a deal on dinner:

Angell’s Bar and Grill Renato, 999 W. Main St., Boise, will serve up its third annual “Veterans Day Thank You,” two-for-one special. Bring a veteran to dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. and Angell’s will match the most expensive dinner at the table for your veteran for free. Reservations are required at AngellsBarAndGrill.com.

Bonefish Grill, 855 Broad St., Boise, will offer active service people and veterans a free order of Bang Bang Shrimp, a crispy shrimp tossed in a creamy, spicy sauce, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.