Happy Veteran's Day to all our active duty military and our veterans, we recognize that freedom isn't free and we will forever appreciate the sacrifices you have made for our country. We appreciate the sacrifices that you have made to keep us safe you have endured battles, wars and lifted us up after our recent storms. Restaurants and businesses are offering free meals and special deals to active duty military and veterans. We are grateful to all of the local restaurants and businesses that are participating. A special thanks to the businesses that have continued this tradition year after year. Please remember to have your military ID or proof of service with you. Deals listed are available for active duty military and Veteran's. Please call or visit the web site first to make sure that your favorite location is participating and to verify dates and times. If you don't see your favorite restaurant listed give them a call. Some restaurants are only offering an appetizer or a dessert we have attempted to list the best deals we found. Applebee's, BJ's, California Pizza Kitchen, free car washes and store discounts. We have links and offers below.
We are shaken this morning as we reflect on the tragedy of 26 people being killed in a Texas church. The photo above shows first a happier time at the Fall festival before the church was attacked and a later photo of the church members pulling together to remember and pray for the church and the members who have lost so much. Devin Kelley opened fire with a rifle at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. He began firing even before he entered the church killing 26 and wounding at least 20 others outside and inside the church. The shooter, Kelley had received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force in 2012 after assaulting his spouse and their child. He served a year in confinement for the assault. His anger, bitterness and mental illness led him to the church where his In-Laws worshiped, but they were not in attendance that fateful day. An armed neighbor stepped in and chased Kelley while in touch with local authorities until Kelley apparently shot himself and wrecked after a high -speed chase. The church members and visitors that became victims that day range in age from 5 to 72 and an unborn baby. A pregnant woman along with three of her children were killed. Church members report the pastor's 14-year- old daughter was among the victims. One family lost eight family members. Everyone in this small town lost a friend, a neighbor or a family member. Many businesses and organizations are rethinking security. Our nation is in mourning as we reflect on the recent tragedies in our nation that place all of us at risk and rip at the peace and security we all cherish in this nation.