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Every November, a variety of restaurants, stores, and entertainment venues honor veterans and active-duty military with Veterans Day freebies. These deals include free meals, percentages off inventory at select stores, or free admission to zoos, aquariums, and amusement parks. Some form of ID verifying military service is usually required, but some restaurants will accept a photo of the serviceman or woman in uniform in lieu of ID.
The legal celebration of Veteran's Day in 2013 occurs on Monday, November 11. Some offers are available on that day only, while other promotions are available to veterans all week or all month.
|Offered by||Restaurants, stores, entertainment complexes, and venues|
|Locations||All over the U.S.|
|Types of offers||Dollars off discounts, free meals or admission, percentages off savings|
|Limitations||Some offers are only available to veterans, while others also apply to a veteran's family|
|Coupon required?||Military ID, dressed in uniform, or proof of service|
About Veteran's Day
Veterans Day is celebrated each year on November 11, and honors veterans of all U.S. wars. In 1938, legislation was passed to celebrate November 11 as Armistice Day, and was intended to honor World War I veterans, as November 11, 1918, marked the end of World War I. However, on June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veteran's Day and amended to honor veterans of all U.S. wars.
If November 11 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the holiday is observed on the Friday before or the Monday after. Veterans Day is different from Memorial Day in that it honors living veterans that "served honorably, whether in wartime or peace."
Veteran's Day 2013 Free Offers and Coupons
- More than 100 national parks offer free admission for everyone on Veteran's Day weekend from November 9-11.
- Every year, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment sponsors the "Salute to Heroes" program. Throughout 2013, including Veteran's Day, all active or reserve military personnel are entitled to free admission to one of any of the SeaWorld parks, including SeaWorld, Knott's Berry Farm, Sesame Place, and Busch Gardens. The free admission is also extended to three immediate family members.
- Veterans and current members of the military are entitled to free admission to the Milwaukee Public Museum on Veteran's Day.
- On Veteran's Day Weekend, November 9-11, several stores are offering a 20 percent discount to veterans if they are a member of the Veteran's Advantage program. Stores offering this deal include Cost Plus World Market, Harmon Face Value Stores, Christmas Tree Shops, Buy Buy Baby , and Bed Bath and Beyond.
- Common Man offers buy one, get one free entree to veterans and active military with valid military ID on November 10 through November 11.
- Through November 11, buy one, get one at 50% off at Stride Rite with promo code
- Buy one get one for anyone with a military ID at Coyote Ugly Saloon on November 9.
- From November 9 through November 11, active, reserve or retired service members receive free entree at IKEA
- Veterans and active military are free with military ID or proof of service and reservation at Pirate's Dinner Adventure in California from November 9-11.
- All active military and veterans with proof of service, military ID or in uniform, receive free appetizer at Carrabba's from November 9 through 11.
- Veterans with proof of service receive a complimentary entree at McCormick and Schmicks on November 10.
- Free entree for veterans and active military personnel at Chilis on November 11.
- Veterans and active military with proof of service or military ID eat free at O'Charley's on November 11.
- Veterans and active duty military with proof of service receive free Champps handcrafted burger and fries at Champps Americana on November 11.
- Veterans and active duty military with proof of military service receives all-American burger at Shoney's on November 11
- Veterans and military in uniform or with military ID receives one doughnut and small coffee at Krispy Kreme on November 11
- Veterans and active military receive a free whole chicken with purchase of any family meal and presentation of veterans or military ID at Boston Market on November 11.
- Veterans with military ID or proof of military service receive a free Create Your Own Combo entrée at On the Border on Veterans Day.
- Get a free appetizer for both active and retired military with valid ID at Texas Land and Cattle.
- Current military service members and their families get 10% off total bill with proof of service or military dependent ID through November 30, 2013 at Olive Garden
- Veterans and active duty military with military ID or proof of service get free yogurt at Menchies
- On Veterans Day, current military service members and veterans get a free meal from the special menu and 10% discount for family members dining with them at Olive Garden.
- California Pizza Kitchen offers free pizza to veterans and active military in uniform or with military or other proof of service on November 11
- Max and Erma's is offering all past and present U.S. military personnel a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo Meal on November 11.
- Veterans and active duty military are eligible to eat free at Applebees on November 11. They must select from a special menu. A valid military ID is required to receive the free meal.
- On November 11 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., Golden Corral is offering all veterans a free buffet and beverage.
- Veterans and active duty military are eligible to receive a free Tavern Double burger at Red Robbin on November 11.
- TGI Fridays offers active duty military personnel and veterans a free lunch on November 11 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
- Tucanos Brazilian Grill is offering a free Churrasco meal to all veterans and active military personnel on November 11.
- Bar Louie is offering military personnel and veterans a free meal (up to a $12 value) on November 10 and November 11.
- McCormick and Schmicks is offering a free meal to veterans on Sunday, November 10. The meal must be ordered from a special menu.
- Select Famous Dave's locations, such as the Mall of America location, are offering veterans a free Two Meat Salute lunch combo on November 10 and November 11. The meal is served with a corn bread muffin and choice of a side.
- All veterans and active military with ID, DD-214 Certificate or other forms can avail of free Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken at Cotton Patch on November 11.
- Military ID Holders take 15% off purchase at Forever 21 through November 11.
- Veterans and active military personnel will receive one free crispy beef or chicken taco when they show a valid military ID at Taco Bueno
- Veterans and active military with valid ID eat free at Tijuana Flats on November 11.
- All active duty military and veterans will receive free appetizer with purchase of entree at Pappadeaux on November 11.
- Veterans and active duty military gets free appetizer or dessert at McGrath's Fish House on November 11.
- Veterans and active military with military ID or proof of military service receive free breakfast at Bakers Square on November 11.
- Veterans and active duty with valid ID receive a free Bloomin' Onion and a beverage at Outback Steakhouse on November 11.
- Military personnel with valid ID gets 10% off their meals at Outback Steakhouse through December 31, 2013.
Veteran's Day Overview
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