If you were born and raised in America, then hopefully you know a little something about your nation. You probably know you have the right of free speech and the right to remain silent. You probably know that this is the “land of opportunity,” a great “melting pot,” and the “home of the free, land of the brave.” You probably know plenty of other facts about America too, including its history, culture, and more.
But how much to you know about the brave men and women who have made all of this possible? Do you think about them very often? This upcoming Veterans Day, here’s your chance. Don’t let this special day pass you by without reflecting on exactly what these heroes do to make your everyday life possible.
These men and women are the support of your country. Take some time to recognize their sacrifices. It might help to start with the numbers, but don’t forget that there are real people behind each of these statistics. These people have sacrificed time with their families and put their own lives in jeopardy. These people are the reason that our freedom has been preserved today.
Do you know their reason for making that kind of sacrifice? They do it for you, and millions of other Americans. Your life and the lives of your loved ones are built upon their sacrifice. Take some time to recognize their fight for your freedom this Veterans Day.
With Veteran’s Day fast approaching, there are many ways to show appreciation and support for our veterans. This Veteran’s Day gives all of us an opportunity as Americans to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans.
If you are looking for a special way to say thanks, here are a few great organizations that can always use a little help. These organizations provide great resources and support for our veterans, many of which face the challenge of a disability or severe health issues related to their military service.
Veteran’s Day is a huge event—and every year more and more businesses are stepping up with great deals for veterans and their families. In this blog I am posting an alphabetical listing of some national restaurants that are providing free meals or discounted meals on Veteran’s Day.
2013 Veterans Day Restaurant Offerings
Applebees – Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu, on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.
Bar Louie – On Sunday, Nov. 10 and Monday, Nov. 11, all Bar Louie locations are offering veterans and military personnel a free meal up to a $12 value.
California Pizza Kitchen – Veterans and active military receive a free pizza on Monday, Nov. 11.
Champps – On Monday, Nov. 11, Champps will offer a free handcrafted burger with waffle fries to veterans and active duty military.
Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse – Charlie Brown’s is offering a free meal to veterans and active duty military all day on Monday, Nov. 11.
Cheeseburger in Paradise – Veterans and military personnel receive a free All American Burger with fries on Monday, Nov. 11 with the beverage purchase of $1.99.
Chili’s – Veterans and active duty can get a free entrée all day from a special limited menu on Monday, Nov. 11.
Denny’s – Active, inactive and retired military personnel can get free all you can eat pancakes on Veterans Day nationwide.
FATZ – Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free entrée at FATZ, up to a $15 value. Veterans who dine at FATZ on November 11 will also receive a $2 coupon for use on their next visit.
Friendly’s – Veterans and active military receive a free Big Two Do Breakfast and coffee on Monday, Nov. 11.
Golden Corral – Golden Corral is offering a free dinner on Monday Nov. 11, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.
Hooters – Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal on Monday, Nov. 11.
Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House – Veterans eat for free on Monday, Nov. 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Krispy Kreme – Krispy Kreme stores are offering a free doughnut and small coffee on Monday, Nov. 11 when presenting a military ID or wearing a uniform.
Little Caesars – Veterans and active military members get a free order of Crazy Bread on Monday, Nov. 11.
Max and Erma’s – On Monday, Nov. 11, participating Max & Erma’s locations are saluting veterans and active military personnel with a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo meal.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – On Sunday, November 10, participating McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants will offer a complimentary entree to vets from a special menu.
Menchi’s – All veterans will receive a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt on Monday, Nov. 11.
O’Charley’s – Veterans and active duty service members get a complimentary meal from a limited menu on Monday, Nov. 11.
Olive Garden – On Monday, Nov. 11, all veterans and current service members get a free meal from a limited menu. Family dining with them will also receive 10% off their meal.
On the Border – Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free meal from the “Create Your Own Combo menu” on Monday, Nov. 11.
Paciugo Gelato Caffè – Paciugo is offering a free 12 oz. Gelatte® to veterans and active duty military on Monday, Nov. 11 at participating locations.
Red Robin – Veterans and active duty military get a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Monday, Nov. 11.
Shoney’s – Shoney’s will be offering a free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty service members on Monday, Nov. 11.
Sizzler – Sizzler is offering active duty and retired military members a free lunch from a limited menu on Monday, Nov. 11 until 4 p.m.
Spaghetti Warehouse – On Sunday, Nov. 10 and Monday, Nov. 11, choose one original spaghetti entrée or 15-layer lasagna and get the second entrée free. This deal requires a coupon, which is available starting Nov. 6 at the Spaghetti Warehouse website, the Facebook page, and can be presented from a mobile phone.
Texas Roadhouse – Texas Roadhouse locations nationwide will offer veterans a free lunch on Monday, Nov. 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Offer is good for active duty, retired or former U.S. military.
TGIFridays – Veterans and active duty military get a free lunch from a select menu on Monday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tucanos Brazilian Grill – Active duty, reserve and retired military and veterans receive a free Churrasco meal on Monday, Nov. 11. They are also offering 10% off the entire bill for veterans and troops who dine with their families, from Friday, Nov. 8 through Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 11.
Village Inn – All veterans and active military personnel receive a free breakfast on Monday, Nov. 11. Choose between Buttermilk Pancakes, Belgian Waffle, or French Toast.
The United States has faced many wars. We’ve seen some of our brave soldiers return home in good health, some come home with physical or mental injuries, and some never return at all—lost to threats we’ll never know. Whatever the situation, each veteran who serves honorably is forever changed.
Veterans Day is a day dedicated to remembering those who have sacrificed so much on behalf of our great country. It’s a day where we should all take the time to express gratitude for the men and women who have served.
We hope the infographic below helps you remember our veterans on this special day—or any day, really. We at Low VA Rates encourage you to make plans to do something for a veteran, whether that’s donating to an organization that focuses on those who have served or just making a veteran smile.
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Ways to Honor Veterans Outside of Backyard Barbecues
The U.S. military does great service for many countries around the world. Since fighting for independence more than 200 years ago, those who have been willing to stand for a just cause have entered the Armed Forces. These men and women need to be honored because without their self- sacrifice, the world would be a much more dangerous place. When it comes time to honor the veterans, you should do so in a way that surpasses a neighborhood barbecue or playing at the park.
Remembering Those Who Gave It All So That You Could Have It All
Memorials for all veterans and the military personnel who have fallen can be found in virtually any city. If you have children, you may question why not add some history to the experience by visiting key points or locations? For instance, millions of people travel to Pearl Harbor on a yearly basis to visit the site and remember sailors who lost their lives in World War II. Many children today don’t understand what these individuals gave during the war, and it’s important for us not to let the future generations forget. We need to teach our children these important historical events, and we need to teach them the way they actually happened. History is proven to repeat itself if we don’t stand in its way, so we must always stand in its way! So add some history to your Veterans day, it can be an educational experience for them.
Parades Are Not Enough
Although visiting Veterans’ Day parades can be entertaining as communities give thanks to those who have served, it may not be enough. What about vets who are unable to attend such gatherings? Do you visit the VA and give homage to those veterans or just add them to your prayers at night?
A true hero doesn’t go out of his or her way to receive gratitude. However, acknowledgment for what these soldiers have done can help show respect for those in the Armed Forces. Those who protest military actions should realize that these veterans helped secure the right to protest in the first place.