Veterans Day is commemorated every Nov. 11. (Photo: U.S. Air Force, MGNOnline)

Businesses and politicians are commemorating Veterans Day this weekend.

The national holiday has been observed Nov. 11 since 1938. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, which was the anniversary of the end of World War 1.

In 1926, Congress passed a resolution for the annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday in 1938, according to


Unlike Memorial Day, which honors military members who have died, Saturday’s holiday recognizes all veterans, living and dead.

Businesses, discounts
Chattanooga’s Lucidity Float & Wellness Center—which is under new ownership—is offering free services to area vets on Veterans Day.

Appointments are available this Saturday for a one-hour float session with a valid military ID.

New owner Angela McAllister said flotation therapy could benefit those with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“There’s quite a bit of research showing the medical benefits of floating for a variety of conditions,” she said in a prepared statement. 

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Local McDonald’s restaurants are giving veterans, active military and uniformed first responders a free meal of their choice Saturday. An ID is required.

Area Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants will offer a free doughnut to veterans and active military members. There’s no purchase needed.

Also on Saturday, Mellow Mushroom restaurants at 205 Broad St. and 2318 Lifestyle Way will give 10 percent of the day’s sales to Rolling Thunder.

This is the fourth giveback day the restaurants have hosted for the nonprofit in as many years, according to a news release.

All the donated funds stay local, and Rolling Thunder uses them to provide everything from quarterly dinners for several hundred disabled vets to Christmas and Thanksgiving events to home repairs to assistance with disability paperwork, also according to a news release.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican, released a statement about the holiday:

On Veterans Day, I think of all the Tennessee veterans I’ve been honored to greet this year on their .. trip to Washington. There are more than 500,000 brave men and women in Tennessee who have worn the uniform of our armed services. They’re our neighbors, our friends, the people we pass by in the grocery store or greet at church on Sunday—ordinary people who have done extraordinary things and made terrific sacrifices, and we owe them more than we could repay.

Tennessee veterans can find resources here.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, also a Tennessee Republican, released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day:

Our veterans represent the very best of our nation, and we owe a great deal of gratitude and respect to those who have served in uniform. Their courage and selflessness have helped ensure America remains the greatest country on earth, and I know all Tennesseans join me today in thanking these brave men and women for their service and sacrifices.

Veterans in need of assistance can contact Corker by visiting or calling any of the senator’s six state offices, according to a news release.

Tennessee governor candidates Republican Randy Boyd and Democrat Karl Dean both announced veteran-related initiatives.

Dean announced the formation of Veterans and Military Families for Dean.

The group, which will be composed of veterans and their family members from all regions of the state, will provide counsel to the campaign on issues such as veteran health care, housing, employment and education opportunities, according to a news release. 

“Anne and I are both the children of Army veterans,” Dean said in a prepared statement. “I am honored to have the support and guidance of such a distinguished group of men and women who have served our country. I look forward to receiving their insights into what we can do as a state to best support Tennessee veterans and military families.”

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Boyd announced a statewide leadership team, the newly formed Veterans for Randy Boyd Coalition.

“This group of outstanding Tennessee leaders and patriots on our veterans coalition represents generations of Tennesseans who have sacrificed for our country, and they will be actively advising me on the issues of importance to our military veterans,” Boyd said in a prepared statement. 

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