Veterans Day 2016: List of Free Meals, Discounts to Thank Our Military

Veterans Day

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 11th, 2016, restaurants, stores and other establishments all across the country and Northeast and Central PA 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, and the deals include participating locations only. It’s recommended you call specific locations to make sure they are taking part in the promotions.***

Restaurants:

Applebee’s: In honor of their services, veterans and active duty military get a free meal.

Bar Louie: Veterans and active-duty military will get a free appetizer or entrée on Veterans Day.

Baskin-Robbins: For every ice cream scoop sold on Veterans Day, the brand will make an $.11 donation to the U.S.O.

Bob Evans:  free breakfast all day long on Veterans Day for veterans and active-duty military.

Bonefish Grill: On Friday, November 11th, all active and retired service members with a valid military ID will receive a Complimentary Bang Bang Shrimp at all Bonefish Grill locations.

Buffalo Wild Wingscomplimentary 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.

California Pizza Kitchen:  free entrée from the Veterans’ Day menu. Please come in uniform or bring your military ID or other proof of service.

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).

Chipotle:  Friday, November 11th, from 3pm-close:  a buy one, get one free burrito, bowl, salad, or taco order. Valid for all US military active-duty, Reserves, National Guard and retired military, military spouses with ID and veterans.

Cooper’s Seafood House (Scranton): On Friday, November 11th, 2016, all active and retired military service members who show valid ID, will receive 10% off your tables check.

Cracker Barrel:  offering military veterans a complimentary slice of its Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake. Must show proof of military service

Denny’s: active, inactive and retired military personnel will get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on Friday, Nov. 11, from 5 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.

Golden CorralMonday, November 14, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. is Military Appreciation night with a free “thank you” dinner. Must show proof of military service.

IHOP: Vets and active-duty military: 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).

Longhorn Steakhouse: will offer a free appetizer or dessert (no purchase required, no restrictions) to anyone showing proof of military service, plus 10% off for guests that dine with Veterans on November 11.

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. 

Pilot/Flying J: is donating a portion of its proceeds, up to $25,000, from the sale of 20 and 24 ounce PhilMor travel coffee refills on Veterans Day to Wreaths Across America. Funds raised will go towards the sponsoring of a special section of the Arlington National Cemetery on National Wreaths Across America Day on Dec. 17.

Primanti Bros.: This year, veterans and active duty personnel can chow down on a free sandwich

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.

Red Robin:  all Veterans and active-duty military members will get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries. No purchase is necessary. Just show proof of service.

Texas Roadhouse: is offering a free meal to all military service men and women on Friday, November 11.

Retailers/services:

County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS):  will offer free rides to veterans and active duty military members on Veterans Day (Friday, Nov. 11)  in recognition of their service to our country. Veterans should show the bus driver their VA card or honorable discharge papers, and active duty military members can show their Military ID cards.

Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital: will host a free dinner for U.S. Veterans and a guest on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 3:00 p.m.

Gibbons Ford: will be offering complimentary oil changes (11/11/16)  to all Veterans through our Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center. (9:00am – 4:00pm) (ALL makes & models welcome)

Great Clips: Customers who come in Nov. 11 for a service can get a free haircut card to give to their favorite veteran. Veterans can also get a free haircut or get the free haircut card. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.

Home Depot: – Veterans receive a 10% discount on purchases 11/11/16 – 11/13/16. Some limitations apply. NOTE: the “Build a Veterans Day Jet” workshop was held on 11/5/16, NOT 11/11/16 as previously posted. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Luzerne County Transportation Authority (LCTA): will honor Veterans and Active Duty Military with FREE Bus Rides & a Commemorative Pin on Veteran’s Day. The pins will be distributed on all buses and members from LCTA will also be distributing them at the Intermodal Center on Veterans Day morning.

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.

Lowe’s: On November 11, all veterans and their family can receive 10% off purchases.

Meineke: Vets and active duty personnel can receive a free basic oil change with proof of service.

Pro Football Hall of Fameall veterans, active-duty military and one guest will receive free admission into the Hall’s museum throughout the month of November.

Red Roof Inns: From November 1 to 30, veterans can save 15% at any Red Roof nationwide. Red Roof also offers active military members 10% off a stay at any Red Roof nationwide all year long.

Sport Clips: – At participating locations, veterans and current service members can score a free haircut with proof of service.

Steamtown National Historic Site: plans to honor our military veterans and their families with an Entrance Fee-Free Day for everyone on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11.  The entrance fee-free weekend at Steamtown NHS includes complimentary admission to the Park grounds, museum complex exhibits, and scheduled walking tours, but will not include train rides and amenity fees charged by the Park. Additionally, all active duty military members and their dependents will be able to obtain an annual park pass, an $80 value, at no charge during their visit to Steamtown NHS.

Turkey Hill: This Veterans Day, November 11th, Turkey Hill stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana are honoring America’s heroes by welcoming active, inactive, and retired military personnel to stop by for a free 16-ounce coffee or cappuccino. And, at locations where car washes are available, they are invited to enjoy a free Ultimate Wash service. Customers can find car wash locations by visiting turkeyhillstores.com.

Ultimate Express Car Wash: will provide FREE car washes to veterans and current military service personnel, under the Grace For Vets FREE Wash Program on Friday, November 11th from 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Washes will be given rain or shine at all Ultimate Express Car Wash locations in Danville, Selinsgrove and Williamsport.

Walgreens: This Veterans Day, customers with Walgreens Balance Rewards cards and valid military I.D. can take 20% off all eligible purchases.

YMCA: Greater Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs will open their doors to veterans at no cost from Friday, November 11th through Sunday, November 13th.

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