Free services for the ladies who served

When we talk about “fearless females” today, too often it’s about a celebrity who sported a daring outfit. But perhaps the boldest fashion statement is a woman in military uniform.

Women first earned the right to serve in all branches of the military in 1948, but it was a long road to reaching equality between men and women in service. For a few decades, females weren’t allowed to hold high-ranking positions, and they were forced to quit when they got pregnant.

Women in the military have not only been fighting for our country’s freedom, they’ve been fighting for women’s liberties at the same time. Those women deserve free meals for life, if you ask me, but I hope they’ll at least take advantage of the many ways businesses, tourist attractions and restaurants are serving them this Veteran’s Day.

On Monday, Patriots Point will highlight women in service with a symposium featuring Bee Haydu, who served as a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) during World War II. She’ll discuss how the program forged a path for female pilots, who weren’t allowed to fly combat missions in the Air Force until 1993. Afterward, The U.S. Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club will perform.

Veterans and their families will be admitted free to Patriots Point on Veteran’s Day, though they’ll have to pay $5 for parking.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens also will waive admission fees on Sunday and Monday for active and retired military personnel, but separate tours of its attractions will not be free.

Other businesses are thanking veterans by offering free meals and services on Veteran’s Day.

Female vets may particularly enjoy these deals:

Great Clips will offer free haircuts to veterans who show proof of service Monday. If you don’t need a trim, the salon will issue vouchers that can be redeemed until Dec. 31 for a free haircut.

JCPenney and Bed, Bath & Beyond will take an extra 20 percent off of purchases made by veterans and their families throughout this weekend.

Free frozen yogurt for veterans and active service military at Menchie’s

Chili’s and Applebee’s will serve free meals to those who have served in the military.

Buy one meal, get one free at Sticky Fingers to those who have proof of military service.

For more deals available to veterans Monday, visit http://military benefits.info/veterans-day- discounts-sales-deals-free-meals.

Reach Abigail Darlington at 937-5906 and follow her on Twitter @A_Big_Gail

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