Mark Veterans Day with ceremonies, deals

The Quad Cities is providing loads of opportunities to celebrate or commemorate Veterans Day this year. 

Some of those include: 

  • Great Clips Thank a Veteran event, Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, free haircuts for veterans and active military service members at Great Clips. Visit the website for a list of area locations. Participants also may pick up a free haircut card to be redeemed by Friday, Dec. 1.  Non-military customers who get haircuts on Nov. 11 also will receive a free haircut card to give to a veteran or active military member.
  • Free fixed-route rides from Bettendorf Transit, through today, Friday, Nov. 10. Visit for more information.
  • Amazon joins Operation Green Light, through Sunday, Nov. 12. Operation Green Light lights county buildings and landmarks in green to raise awareness of the challenges veterans and military families face, as well as the resources available to them, according to a news release from Amazon.

    In honor of Veterans Day, 33 of Amazon’s operation sites, including the Davenport fulfillment center, will participate.

    Amazon also offers an employee affinity group, Warriors at Amazon, for current and former active military personnel, their families and Amazon employees who support them, as well as a dedicated Amazon Business storefront to showcase veteran-owned businesses. 
  • The Rock Island National Cemetery Veterans Day Ceremony, 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Rock Island National Cemetery’s main flagpole. The event will include keynote speaker Col. Ronnie Anderson Jr., commander, Joint Munitions Command; a wreath placement, honor salute and taps. 
  • Veterans Day Ceremony, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, Bettendorf’s Veterans Memorial Park, 1645 23rd St. The event will include an opening prayer, a wreath-laying ceremony, honor guard and closing prayer. 
  • Illinois Joining Forces’ Operation Connect-A-Vet, through the end of the year. This initiative provides a streamlined avenue for friends and family to arrange wellness calls to ensure veterans are doing well and are connected with a team ready to assist them with housing, food, employment, health care and more, according to a news release. Visit for assistance or to arrange for someone to reach out to a veteran in need. 

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