Happy Veterans Day – 2014

veterans dayVeterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the armed forces.  It coincides with the holidays celebrated in other parts of the world that mark the end of hostilities of World War I.

To honor our veterans and active duty personnel, some restaurants provide free meals. Some of these Veterans Day free meals are nationwide but some are only at participating locations.

The below is a partial list of restaurants honoring our veterans and those on active duty.


On Tuesday, November 11th, from open to close, veterans and active duty military can choose from a free signature Thank You Meal menu that includes some of Applebee’s favorite items, including a 7 oz. House Sirloin, The American Standard All-In Burger, Three-Cheese Chicken Penne, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Double Crunch Shrimp, Chicken Tenders Platter or Oriental Chicken Salad. Must present valid Veteran’s form of identification or be in uniform.

Baker’s Square Free Breakfast
Veterans and active duty get a complimentary breakfast on Veterans Day. Choose between Buttermilk Pancakes, three slices of French Toast or a Belgian Waffle.

Bob Evans
Veterans and active military personnel will receive free all–you-can-eat hotcakes at its restaurants. All these honored servicemen and women need do is show a valid military ID.

Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a special Veterans Day menu. Must show proof of military service.

Denny’s All You Can Eat Pancakes
All active, inactive and retired military personnel,at all participating Denny’s restaurants nationwide, diners with a valid military ID will receive free build your Grand Slam on Veteran’s Day from 5 am to noon.

vetpos96sm1Famous Dave’s
On November 11th, former and active military are invited to come in and receive a free One Meat Salute on us. Choose from one meat, a corn muffin, and a side. Participating locations only. From 11:00 am to 4:30 pm. Proof of service required. Dine In only.


Golden Corral
Monday, November 17th from 5 PM to 9 PM get a free Veterans Day buffet and beverage to any veteran who has served in the United States military or is a current active duty service member. All Golden Corral locations will be participating. No identification is required to get your free Veterans day meal. (This is the date that Golden Corral is advertising and I would call ahead to make sure so as not to miss out if it’s November 11th.)


Hooters invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to a free meal, up to $10.99 in value with any drink purchase, by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any Hooters location across the country.

On Veteran’s Day, November 11, participating IHOP Restaurants around the nation will be honoring the brave men and women who have served, or are serving, in the United States Military by offering them free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At some locations, the Red, White and Blue pancakes will be featured as part of a free combo plate including eggs, bacon and hashed browns.

Olive Garden
All veterans and military active duty will receive a free meal from a special menu on Veterans Day.

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Monday, November 17th – All former and current military service men and women enjoy a free buffet. Contact your local Bonanza for more details.

Starbucks Free Coffee
This Veterans Day veterans, active duty military and their spouses get a free tall 12oz  brewed coffee at participating stores.

Click here for a full list.

If you’re not a veteran but know one, consider taking them out to dinner where their meal is free. A group including myself will be taking my son out for his free meal. He served 12 years in the military.

Thank you to all who have served and are serving our great country.



Posted on 11/10/2014, in Heroes, Holiday, Potpourri, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. a fine post and tribute to our veterans.


  2. Thank you so much for this. I hope everyone who is eligible participates!


  3. Our family has a history of military service. Salute to my Uncles and Cousins who have served.


  4. yahtzeebutterfly

    With thanks and appreciation to our veterans,


  5. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    There are resources here for ways to show appreciation to veterans all year long.

    Veterans Day Resources | 100 Ways to Honor a Veteran & 101 Ways to Thank a Veteran


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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      “Concert for Valor: Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, More to Perform at National Mall on Veterans Day”



      Some big names will pay tribute to American veterans on the National Mall this Veterans Day, including Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood and Metallica — and yes, the concert is free.

      HBO and Starbucks are putting together the Concert for Valor to honor U.S. veterans and their families on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.

      The talent line-up also includes Eminem, Dave Grohl, John Oliver, and Zac Brown Band.

      Jamie Foxx, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Meryl Streep are also expected to make an appearance. Hanks is also one of the show’s executive producers.

      If you can’t make it to the National Mall, you can catch the broadcast on HBO instead. HBO said that non-subscribers can still tune into the event, because HBO will offer an opportunity to its affiliates to open the signal.


  7. yahtzeebutterfly

    Veteran’s Day Concert for Valor”

    Live from the Mall in Washington, DC at this link:



  8. Thank you for your service to my brothers and sisters in the armed forces. I caught some flak tonight when I called out a friend for taking advantage of the various restaurants honoring the veterans…..they are not nor have they ever been in the service nor are they a family member/spouse of a military member. They felt entitled to it after dating a person in the military for only a couple of months.


    • Towerflower,
      GOOD FOR YOU getting that “entitled” person told. I just returned from Applebees with my son. To show my appreciation for his free meal, I always leave a nice tip.


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