To honor veterans from any era and current active duty military personnel, Bed and Breakfasts across America are giving free rooms for vets on the day preceeding Veteran's Day. This is being done to allow veterans to go back to their hometown or to be a guest at a local Veteran's Day gathering.
Veteran's Day is traditionally celebrated at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. This year it is on Thursday, November 11, 2010. With morning memorial gatherings across America, it is important that veterans are in town on time for the salute. That is why participating B&Bs are offering free rooms to veterans on the preceeding day--Wednesday, November 10, 2010.
With 3 months to go, there are already over 200 B&Bs onboard in 35 states. These participating inns are allowing some, or all of their rooms to vets on a first come first served basis for Wednesday, November 10. Veterans are asked to contact the inns directly to reserve a room and to present military ID upon arrival. Mike Venturini, innkeeper at Munro House Bed and Breakfast in Jonesville, Michigan, currently has 4 rooms available to vets. He says that he "will be thrilled to have a breakfast table filled with vets on Veteran's Day morning and will enjoy hearing the stories about their experiences in the military."
Kathleen Panek, owner of the Gillum House in Shinnston, WV, came up with this idea and began recruiting innkeepers on a B&B forum and directed them to her B&Bs For Vets website. She says "We just wanted to say 'thank you' to the courageous men and women from our armed forces. These are some trying times for anyone serving or who has served, and a good night's rest is our way to say, thank you."
Additional inns are expected to participate as the word spreads. These bed and breakfast innkeepers can sign up online.