Secretary Pate partners with Hy-Vee to celebrate Iowa veterans
Paul D. Pate
Secretary of State
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
Iowa Secretary of State Seal WEBSITE:
Kevin Hall
Communications Director
(515) 725-2942

MEDIA RELEASE: Secretary Pate partners with Hy-Vee to celebrate Iowa veterans

DES MOINES - Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate and Hy-Vee stores are joining forces to honor Iowa’s military members on Veterans Day. Hy-Vee is hosting a free breakfast at all Iowa store locations for veterans and active service members on Friday, November 11. Hy-Vee will also be circulating the Iowa Secretary of State’s “Honor A Veteran” postcards, encouraging Iowans to honor a loved one who has served our country.

“This breakfast is for our local heroes who deserve to be honored every day,” said Secretary Pate. “This event is where Iowans can recognize those who defend our freedoms and step up to serve our country. I am honored to work with Hy-Vee again to celebrate these brave Iowa men and women.”

Veterans and active-duty military will be able to receive this free breakfast between 6 A.M. and 11 A.M on Veterans Day at any Iowa Hy-Vee store. This event will be an excellent way for the community to show their appreciation and gratitude to our local service members.

Approximately 36,000 ‘Honor A Veteran’ postcards have been distributed to Iowa Hy-Vee stores from Secretary Pate’s office for Iowans to fill out on Veterans Day. Service members can use these postcards to write a tribute to a fellow service member, a loved one, themselves, or to give to a loved one to complete. These postcards will be returned to the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office and tributes will be posted online at and

Both the person who creates the tribute and the service member, if they are still with us, will receive an ‘Honor A Veteran with Your Vote’ lapel pin from Secretary Pate in the mail. Pin recipients are encouraged to wear their pin with pride while voting. Secretary Pate hopes to inspire Iowans to participate in this breakfast and complete the postcards to honor Iowa service members this Veterans Day.

A soundbite from Secretary Pate is available for your use at this link.

A side-by-side of the Hy-Vee Homefront Logo and the Iowa Secretary of State’s Seal is available for your use at this link.