First, my deepest thanks to those who are now serving in our military and those who have served our country in the past, including my dad! I sincerely appreciate all the sacrifices you and your families have made for this country.
Every year at Veteran’s Day, there are many events that take place throughout the country to honor our veterans. In Raleigh, the annual N.C. Veteran’s Day Parade takes place in downtown Raleigh on Friday, 11/11 starting at 9:30 AM. For more information, click HERE. Please post any other events you would like to share.
There are also many companies who offer free meals, retail discounts and free admission to active and retired military on Veteran’s as a way of thanking them for their service. Here is a list of some of those companies. For a REALLY long list, compiled by themilitarywallet.com, click HERE. As is the case with any freebie, not all locations will be participating. I recommend you call your local restaurant or store to verify they are participating before heading out to enjoy lunch.
Harris Teeter: Members of the military get 11% off on Friday, November 11, 2011 when they show their personal military ID and VIC card. Offer does not apply to stamps, alcohol, tobacco, and gift cards. Discount applies after all coupons are deducted.
Food Lion: Members of the military get 10% off on Friday, November 11, 2011 when they show their personal military ID and MVP card. Offer does not apply to stamps, alcohol, tobacco, lottery and services.
Dollar General: Active military, veteran’s, National Guard and Reserve and immediate family members all get 10% off in-stores on Friday and online Friday through Sunday. For more information, click HERE.
Applebee’s: Active duty and veteran’s get a FREE Signature Entrée on Friday. For the details including ID required and a great looking menu of choices, click HERE.
Chili’s: Active duty and veteran’s get a FREE meal between 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Friday with military ID. For the details including ID required and a great looking menu of choices, click HERE.
Golden Corral: Military Appreciation Dinner on Monday, November 14th from 5 pm to 9 pm. The dinner is open to anyone who has ever served in the U.S. military. No ID required, Dine-in only. For more details, click HERE.
Olive Garden: FREE entrée to veterans and active duty military on Friday. For more details, click HERE.
Texas Roadhouse: FREE entrée for active, former or retired military on Friday. For more details, click HERE.
Chick-fil-A of Garner is offering FREE breakfast of choice to ALL military personnel (active and retired) on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2011. Offer good from 6 am - 10:30 am. For more information, click HERE.
Other restaurants with freebies or discounts include Hooters, Outback, T.G. I Fridays, Subway, McCormick and Schmick, Krospy Kreme, Little Ceasers Pizza, and more. Click HERE for details on Veteran’s Day discounts at these restaurants and more. Remember, you may want to call ahead to see if your local restaurant is participating.
The following businesses are also offering various freebies to military including:
Home Depot and Lowes Home Improvement (10% discount)
Anheuser-Busch Parks: Active Duty Service Members receive free admission (for themselves & up to 3 dependents) to their parks once a year.
Colonial Williamsburg, VA: Free admission including dependents
National Parks: Free admission November 11-13
Free 1-night stay at participating bed and breakfasts across the country
For details on all these freebies and more, click HERE.
Again, thank you for your service!