My dad is a retired Lt. Colonel in the United States Army.
One of my best friends is a Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force.
My kids are growing up learning about, loving, and respecting the men and women of the military who unselfishly serve our country.
Recently the boys donated their Halloween candy to Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to our military overseas.
What else can we do to honor our military?
To begin with, our country designates November 11 as Veteran’s Day. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect.
Veteran’s Day is a time to honor, celebrate, and thank all military personnel.
There are parades and church services across America. In many places the American flag is hung at half mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11am.
I always remind my boys to thank a soldier when they see them out. This has happened to my Dad a few times and I know how much it means to those who have served. We especially reach out to military friends and family on Veteran’s Day.
Another thing my Dad appreciates are Veteran’s Day deals. If you know anyone who has served our country, thank them for their service, then tell them about all these great deals:
Applebee’s — Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu, on November 11.
BJ’s Restaurant — Active duty military and veterans receive a complimentary lunch entree under $9.95 on November 11.
Black Angus Steakhouse — Veterans, active and retired military personnel receive a free appetizer on November 11.
Boston Market – Boston Market is offering a free individual dessert with individual meal purchase on November 11 with military ID.
California Pizza Kitchen – Veterans and active military receive a complimentary entrée from a special menu on November 11.
Chili’s — Veterans and active military service members get a free entrée from a limited menu on November 11.
Claim Jumper — On November 10, all Claim Jumper locations will provide veterans with a complimentary meal from a special menu.
Coffee Beanery — Veterans and active duty military get a free tall cup of coffee on November 11 at participating locations.
Cracker Barrel — Veterans get a complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert during lunch and dinner on November 11.
Denny’s — Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on November 11, from 5 a.m. to noon at participating locations.
Hooters – Veterans and active duty military get a free meal up to $10.99 in value with a drink purchase at participating locations onNovember 11.
IHOP — On November 11, participating IHOP Restaurants offer veterans and active duty military free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Krispy Kreme – Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut and small coffee to all veterans on Tuesday, November 11 at participating locations.
Krystal — Active and retired military receive a free Krystal Sausage Biscuit from 6 AM to 10:30 AM on November 11.
LongHorn Steakhouse – Veterans and current service members receive a complimentary Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcoholic beverage from a select menu on November 11.
Menchi’s — All veterans and active duty will receive a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt on November 11.
Old Country Buffet — Active duty, reservists and retired military enjoy a free dine-in lunch at select Old Country Buffet locations from open until 3:30 pm on November 11.
Olive Garden – On November 11, all veterans and current service members get a free meal from a limited menu.
Outback Steakhouse – All active and former service members receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage on November 11. Outback is also offering active and former service members 15% off their meals Nov. 12 through Dec. 31.
Starbucks — Veterans, active duty service members and spouses get a free tall coffee on November 11 at participating locations.
TGIFridays — Veterans and active duty military get a free lunch from a select menu on November 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tony Roma’s – Veterans and active military personnel receive a free draft beer on November 11 at participating locations.
- Store discounts:
Barnes and Noble — Veterans, active duty military members and their families get a 15% discount on all Barnes and Noble Devices onNovember 11. In-store only.
Bass Pro Shops — Active duty and retired military can receive a 10% discount off regularly priced merchandise on November 11.
Bed Bath and Beyond – Veterans, active duty, Reserves, Guard and spouses get 20% off their entire purchase November 8 through 11.
Brooks Brothers – Active duty military and veterans get 25% off in-store purchases now through November 11.
Dell – Former and current members of the military save an extra 15% on PCs and tablets on November 11.
Dollar General — Active duty service members, veterans and their family get an 11% discount on qualifying purchases on November 11.
Firestone Complete Auto Care –Between November 9 and 16, veterans and active duty personnel receive an additional 10% off the lowest advertised price of any automotive service.
Food Lion – Active duty, veterans and their families receive a 10% discount on November 11.
Home Depot — Home Depot offers a 10% discount to all veterans on Veterans Day November 11. Home Depot offers the 10% discount year round to for active duty and retirees.
Lowe’s — All veterans receive a 10% discount on Veterans Day,November 11. The offer is available in stores only.
Massage Envy – Participating Massage Envy locations in the Chicago area are offering a complimentary 1-hour massage to active military and veterans on November 11.
TOPS — Veterans and active military personnel get an 11% discount off of a total order on November 11.
Under Armour –Active duty, retirees, veterans and spouses get 15% off on all orders.
- Free activities:
- All national parks, forests and monuments offer free addmission to all on Veterans Day. Go and Enjoy the scenery!
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