Veteran’s Day is officially Monday, November 11 and since it falls on a Monday this year it is the observation day as well. Veterans Day is a day to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars. In some communities it is marked by parades and church services and traditionally the American flag is hung at half mast and a period of silence is held at 11am. It was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 that an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations went into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was first celebrated. It was in 1954 that Congress changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served.
To honor the men and women who have served and or currently serving many establishments go out of their way to give thanks. Following are some of the companies who are offering specials to those who have served:
Applebees: On November 11, Applebee's invites vets and active duty military to come have a free meal during their normal business hours. In addition, the Applebee’s “Thank You Movement” is a way to allow others to personally show gratitude for those who have served, or are currently serving, in our military.
Golden Corral : Any person who has served in the US Military (retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or Reserves is eligible for a free "thank you" dinner). The dinner is offered between 4PM and 9PM on November 11.
Olive Garden: On Veterans Day all veterans and active duty service members can receive a free entrée from their special menu and family members dining with them get 10% off,
TGIF Fridays: Veterans and active duty military service members are invited to havea free lunch on this
Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Red Robin: In honor of Veterans Day, Red Robin is giving away one free Tavern Double burger to each veteran or active duty military guest who shows their military ID, proof of service or who are in military uniform on Monday, Nov. 11. Red Robin also supports the Heinz “Our Turn to Serve” Campaign for the second straight year to assist in raising funds for the Wounded Warrior Project. In addition, Red Robin will make a donation of $10,000 to Wounded Warrior Project
McCormick and Schmicks: On Sunday, November 10, participating McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants will offer a complimentary entree to veterans from a special menu.
Max & Ermas: On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, participating Max & Erma’s locations are saluting veterans and active military personnel with a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo meal.
Shoneys: Monday, Nov. 11, participating Shoney’s will be offering a free All-American Burger to all veterans and active duty servicemembers.
Spaghetti Warehouse: On Sunday, November 10th and Monday, November 11th, Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurants will honor veterans with a special, two-day "buy one entrée, get one free" coupon offer and is encouraging its guests to "invite a veteran to lunch or dinner". The coupon is available online on Spaghetti Warehouse's website at: www.meatballs.com, and also at the restaurant's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SpaghettiWarehouse.
Those are just a few of the Veterans Day special offers for veterans and active duty personnel. There are numerous other offers from restaurants, retail stores, etc., that you can find online at various veteran and military Websites such as Military.com.