Before Veterans Day, there was Armistice Day. The holiday recognized the end of military clashes during WWI. President Woodrow Wilson said of the day,

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

However, Armistice Day did not become an official national holiday until 1938. In 1954, the 83rd Congress voted to change the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day in solidarity with the requests of veterans organizations in the U.S. On October 8, President Eisenhower released the first Veteran's Day Proclamation, urging all citizens to "solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate our- selves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain."

Many businesses honor Wyoming veterans with discounts on or around November 11. Here are some of the discounts offered in 2023:


  • AAMCO (Laramie): Free basic oil change.
  • Advanced Auto Parts (Cheyenne/Laramie): 10% discount on regularly priced items for in-store purchases to current or former service members.
  • Meineke (Cheyenne): Free oil change.
  • Morgan Details (Cheyenne): Military discounts year-round.


  • Funky Monkey (Cheyenne): 15% off furniture and collectibles.
  • Great Clips (Cheyenne/Laramie): Free haircuts Nov. 10 and 11
  • KIND (Online):  25% off their orders on
  • Kohl's (Cheyenne): 30% off qualifying in-store purchases from November 10 through 12.
  • Kroger/King Soopers: 10% discount in stores on November 11.
  • Office Depot (Cheyenne): 25% off qualifying regular and sale-priced purchases in stores nationwide from November 11 through 13.
  • Sleep Number (Cheyenne:)  20% off most Sleep Number 360® smart beds, all bases, and most bedding purchases. This offer is valid through November 13.
  • Sport's Clips (Cheyenne): Free haircuts to veterans and active-duty service members
  • Target (Cheyenne): A 10% military discount from October 29 through November 11.
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Store (Cheyenne): 10% Discount.

Coffee & Sweets

  • Human Bean (Cheyenne/Laramie): Free 16 Oz. Coffee.
  • Dunkin' Donuts (Cheyenne): Free donut of their choice.
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels (Laramie): Veterans and active-duty military get a free hot or iced coffee (any size) with an in-store purchase on November 11.
  • Mary's Mountain Cookies (Laramie/Cheyenne): 20% discount with a military ID year-round.
  • Scooter's Coffee (Cheyenne):  Veterans get a free handcrafted drink of any size.
  • Starbucks (Cheyenne/Laramie): Free tall (12-ounce) hot or cold brewed coffee.
  • Ziggi's Coffee (Cheyenne): FREE 16oz drink of choice.


  • American Legion (Cheyenne): Lunch at 11:00 a.m.
  • Paris West (Cheyenne): 10% off for active duty, guard, reserve, retired vets and their families 365 days a year.
  • The Donut Shop on Central: A free donut and coffee for veterans & $2 off a dozen.
  • Applebees (Cheyenne/Laramie): Complimentary full-size entrée from a special menu AND receive a $5 Bounce Back Card to redeem for dine-in, To-Go, or delivery within a three-week redemption window.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings (Cheyenne): Free order of 10 Boneless Wings and Fries on November 11 with a valid ID.
  • Chili's (Cheyenne): Free meal from a select menu.
  • Dickey's BBQ (Cheyenne/Laramie:) Free Pulled Pork Sandwich.
  • Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers (Cheyenne/Laramie): Free Freddy's Original Double with Cheese combo meal card that can be redeemed through November 30.
  • IHOP (Cheyenne): Free Red, White, & Blueberry Pancakes or Pancake Combo.
  • Old Chicago (Cheyenne): Free lunch entree from an exclusive menu.
  • Outback Steakhouse (Cheyenne): Free Bloomin' Onion and beverage by purchasing an adult entree in-restaurant.
  • Perkins (Cheyenne/Laramie): Free Magnificent Seven Meal.
  • Red Lobster (Cheyenne): Free printed meal vouchers for Veterans Shrimp & Chips from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time.
  • Sherri's (Cheyenne): Free Homestyle Breakfast.
  • Texas Roadhouse (Cheyenne): Free meal vouchers to redeem for one of 10 entrees, two sides, and a non-alcoholic beverage of their choice.


  • Beast Foundation (Cheyenne): 50% off tickets to the November 11 show.
  • Flydragon Design Art Studio (Cheyenne): $10 off poppy workshop - please call ahead to reserve a seat.
  • National Parks Free Entry: On November 11, get free admission to all National Parks.
  • Pupmasters (Cheyenne): 10% off puppy training packages.
  • Wholesale Fireworks (Cheyenne): 30% off to all veterans.

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