At the end of World War I, the armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason November 11, 1918 became the official day to celebrate all our nation’s veterans. Originally called Armistice Day, it became Veterans Day after World War II.
This Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, restaurants, stores and other establishments all across the country are thanking our military. Many are offering special discounts, free meals or free admission to veterans and members of the military.
***Most businesses require proof of military service. It is recommended you call specific locations to make sure they are taking part in the promotions.***
Applebee’s: In honor of their services, veterans and active duty military get a free meal.
Baskin Robbins: For every ice cream scoop sold on Veterans Day, the brand will make an $.11 donation to the U.S.O.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Complimentary order of wings and a side of fries to veterans and active-duty military. Must present acceptable proof of military service, which includes: permanent or temporary U.S. military ID cards, veteran’s card, a photograph of yourself in military uniform, or dine-in at a participating location in uniform.
Chik-fil-A: The new Chick-fil-A at Misericordia University will open on Thursday, November 10, and the restaurant will donate 50 cents for every Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich sold on opening day to the Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org) to honor Veterans Day. In addition, all military veterans will receive a free Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich on Veterans Day (Friday, November 11).
Denny’s: All active, non-active, and retired military can get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 5:00 a.m. to noon. Please show valid military id.
Friendly’s: free breakfast, lunch or dinner for veterans and active military, with a valid military ID or honorable discharge card.
IHOP: Vets and active-duty military can receive free Red, White & Blue Pancakes free from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Krispy Kreme: will celebrate Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 11th by offering a Free Doughnut (any variety) and a Small Coffee to anyone who identifies themselves as a veteran or active duty military personnel at participating Krispy Kreme locations (no ID required).
Olive Garden: will offer a free entrée from a special menu to active-duty military and military veterans.
Panera Bread: a complimentary You-Pick-Two with military identification or if wearing their uniform to the participating Panera Bread bakery-cafes in the Cleveland, Akron, Canton area. For a complete list of participating bakery-cafes, click here.
Red Lobster: This Veterans Day, Red Lobster is thanking veterans, active duty military, and reservists by offering a FREE appetizer or dessert with a valid military ID on November 10th and 11th.
Outback Steakhouse: All military personnel with ID, can stop by any Outback Steak house for a Free Bloomin’ Onion & Beverage. Outback will also be giving out a military discount of 15% off the total check from November 12 to December 31,2016.
TGI Fridays: TGI Fridays is offering free lunch for all veterans and active-duty military on Friday, November 11, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
White Castle: White Castle is giving out a free Breakfast Combo or Castle Combo who any veteran or other military member who come in on Friday, November 11, 2016.
Little Caesars: Free pizza will be given to all U.S. Armed Forces veterans and active military members on Veterans Day between 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
JCPenney: will offer a 5 percent discount from Nov. 10-13 to current and former military personnel and their immediate family members with valid military or VA identification provided in-store. The discount may be combined with additional coupons and special offers including a $10 off $25 coupon with any form of payment or 20 percent off coupon when paying with a JCPenney credit card.
Walgreens: This Veterans Day, customers with Walgreens Balance Rewards cards and valid military I.D. can take 20% off all eligible purchases.
The National Park Service is offering free admission to everyone, regardless of military status, on Veterans Day. Entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees will be waived.
If you know of more places where our veterans and their families can take care of no cost opportunities to support their contributions to our country and the world please leave a comment below.