Minnesota’s official Veterans Day program iwill be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Mark Dayton, Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar and other political and military figures will be part of the program, which begins with a free community breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
The Veterans Memorial Community Center is at 8055 Barbara Ave., Inver Grove Heights.
Also on Friday, veterans and military members can get a free car wash at 40 locations in Minnesota; there’s free food for vets at many locations; several B&Bs in Minnesota offer free stays on Thursday night for vets; and the Minnesota History Center offers free admission to vets and service members all weekend.
Lots of other activities around the area are listed on the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website.
Best Buy will get a Yellow Ribbon Award at 2 p.m. from Gov. Dayton and Major General Richard C. Nash, adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, for the corporation’s support of the military, and 600 Best Buy employees will pack 3,300 care packages for the 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard, now deployed in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan.
Also, there’ll be no mail delivery Friday, and many government workers will be off in honor of the day.