A Grateful Nation: Veterans Day Discounts and Freebies for Our Heroes
Veterans Day is just around the corner, and as the nation prepares to honor those who have selflessly served in the military, several businesses, theme parks, and restaurants are stepping up with heartfelt gestures. Offering discounts and freebies, these establishments are acknowledging the sacrifice, dedication, and patriotism of our veterans.
Why Veterans Day Matters
Veterans Day holds a unique place among the calendar of national holidays. Unlike most holidays that shift to fit a particular day of the week, Veterans Day is steadfastly observed on November 11th each year, regardless of the day it falls on. This date has a profound historical significance as it marks the end of “the war to end all wars” on November 11, 1918, a pivotal moment according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
A Grateful Nation Responds
Across the country, businesses have rallied to express their gratitude. From free meals to special discounts, the outpouring of support for our veterans is evident. Please note that while many establishments are participating in Veterans Day programs, they typically require proof of military service, and it’s advisable to check with your local businesses for confirmation.
Discounts and Freebies Highlights
– 7-Eleven: Veterans and active-duty military can enjoy a complimentary coffee or big gulp on Veterans Day using the 7-Eleven 7REWARDS Mobile App.
– Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant: At select locations, veterans and active-duty military can select one free entrée from the Veterans Day menu.
– Applebee’s: On November 11th, active-duty military, veterans, reserves, and National Guard personnel dining in will receive a complimentary full-size entrée from a special menu.
– BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Veterans dining in can savor a free Chocolate Chunk Pizookie with any $9.95+ purchase on November 11th.
– Black Angus Steakhouse: Participating restaurants offer veterans and active military professionals a tantalizing 8 oz. certified angus beef top sirloin with sides for $10.99.
– Bob Evans: Veterans and active-duty military can enjoy a free meal from a select menu on November 11th.
– Bonefish Grill: Active-duty service members and veterans receive a free order of bang bang shrimp with a soft beverage on November 11th.
– Buffalo Wild Wings: Veterans and active-duty service members can relish a free order of 10 boneless wings and fries on November 11th.
– Chick-fil-A: Participating franchises are offering a free chicken sandwich to all active-duty personnel and veterans.
– Chili’s: Veterans and active-duty service members can enjoy a free meal from a select menu on November 11th.
– Cracker Barrel: Veterans visiting receive a slice of Coca-Cola cake with any purchase.
– Denny’s: Veterans and active military personnel can build their own grand slam for free on November 11th from 5 a.m. to noon.
– Duffy’s Sports Grill: Veterans can relish a free meal on November 11th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
– Dunkin‘: Veterans and active-duty military can savor a free donut of their choice on November 11th.
– Einstein Bros. Bagels: Veterans and active-duty military can enjoy a free hot or iced coffee with any in-store purchase on November 11th.
– Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers: All veterans and current military personnel visiting Freddy’s on November 11th will receive a free Freddy’s original double with cheese combo meal card.
– Friendly’s: Veterans and active military can receive a free Veterans Day lunch or dinner on November 11th.
– Golden Corral: Hosting Military Appreciation Night on November 13th, offering a free thank you meal to those dining in.
– Hooters: Active-duty military and veterans get a free entrée from the Hooters Veterans Day Menu with a purchase of a beverage on November 11th.
– Hurricane Grill and Wings: Veterans and active-duty military dining in get a complimentary entree from a special menu on November 11th.
– IHOP: Veterans and active-duty military can enjoy free red, white, and blueberry pancakes or pancake combos on November 11th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
– Krispy Kreme Donuts: Veterans and active-duty military can delight in a free doughnut and a small coffee on Veterans Day.
– Little Caesars: Veterans and military personnel can savor a free lunch combo between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on November 11th.
– Longhorn Steakhouse: Veterans and active-duty military members receive 10% off and a free appetizer or dessert for their table.
– Macaroni Grill: All veterans and active military receive a free mom’s ricotta meatballs plus spaghetti on November 11th.
– McDonald’s: Veterans and active duty military can receive a free breakfast combo meal by showing valid ID at participating locations.
– Metro Diner: Active-duty and retired military receive a 50% discount with valid military ID on November 11th.
– Olive Garden: Veterans and active-duty military members can enjoy a free meal from the Veterans Day menu on November 11th.
– Outback Steakhouse: Active-duty military and veterans can receive a free bloomin’ onion and beverage with the purchase of an adult entree in-restaurant on November 11th.
– Perkins: Veterans and active-duty military can enjoy a free magnificent seven meal on November 11th with valid ID.
– Pilot Flying J: Service members and their families receive a free meal at participating locations from November 10th through November 12th through a special offer in the app.
– Red Lobster: Veterans, active-duty military, and reservists get free meal vouchers for veteran’s shrimp and chips from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 11th.
Red Robin: Veterans and active-duty military can savor a complimentary red’s big tavern burger on November 11th.
Ruby Tuesday: Veterans and active-duty military can relish a free sandwich with tots or fries. Valid military ID required.
Shoney’s: U.S. veterans and current U.S. military receive a free All-You-Care-To-Eat Breakfast Bar until 11 a.m. on November 11th.
Sizzler: On November 11th, participating locations offer a free lunch to active-duty military and veterans until 4:00 p.m.
Smokey Bones: Active-duty and retired military personnel get a free create your own combo on November 11th. Valid military ID required.
Smoothie King: Active-duty military and veterans can enjoy a free smoothie from a selection of red, white, and blue smoothies at participating locations on November 11th.
Sonny’s BBQ: Veterans and active-duty military receive a free pork big deal on November 11th.Confirm your military service and snag your discount voucher. Available for dine-in, takeout, and drive-thru.
Starbucks: On November 11th, Starbucks is honoring veterans, military service members, and military spouses with a free tall 12-ounce hot or cold brewed coffee at participating U.S. stores.
TCBY: Veterans and active military personnel receive their first 6 oz. of frozen yogurt for free on November 11th at participating locations.
Texas Roadhouse: Texas Roadhouse will distribute dinner vouchers on November 11th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Veterans and active-duty military can redeem these vouchers at a later date.
Toojay’s: Offering 25% off for all active or retired military, dine-in only. Proof of I.D. or proof of service required.
Wawa: All veterans, active military members, and their families can enjoy one free coffee of any size all day on November 11th. No military ID required.
Wendy’s: Active-duty military and veterans can enjoy a free breakfast combo on November 11th at participating locations from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.
White Castle: Veterans and active-duty military can receive a free individual combo meal or a breakfast combo meal when dining at a participating restaurant on November 11th.
Zaxby’s: On November 11th, show proof of military status to get free boneless wings at participating locations.
Honoring Our Heroes Beyond the Table.
Additionally, various parks and attractions are also participating in recognizing the service of veterans, active-duty military, and first responders, offering them special discounts and free admissions. These heartfelt gestures extend to Disney, Florida parks, Goodyear Auto Service, Legoland, National Parks, Publix, SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Resorts Orlando, and more.
As we approach Veterans Day, let us remember and celebrate the commitment, valor, and dedication of our veterans. The businesses and establishments offering these discounts and freebies are a testament to the nation’s appreciation for their sacrifices. Please take a moment to acknowledge and support the veterans in your community and express your gratitude.
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