Thanking our heroes: List of free meals, discounts for military on Veterans Day

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Today is Veterans Day, and restaurants, stores and other establishments all across the country and Northeast Ohio 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.

To print out a complete list of these discounts, deals and promotions for yourself or your military loved one, CLICK HERE.

RESTAURANTS/EATERIES
Applebee’s: Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu on Nov. 11.
Bob Evans: Veterans and active military personnel receive free all you can eat hotcakes on Nov. 11.
California Pizza Kitchen: Veterans and active military receive a complimentary entree from a special menu on Nov. 11.
Denny’s: Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on Nov. 11 from 5 a.m. to noon at participating locations.
Friendly’s: Veterans and active military get a free breakfast, lunch or dinner from a limited menu on Nov. 11.
Golden Corral: Military Appreciation free dinner on Monday, Nov. 17, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves.
Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park: One free buffet meal on Nov. 11 at Fresh Harvest restaurant, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. A military identification is required.
Krispy Kreme: Free doughnut and small coffee to all veterans on Nov. 11 at participating locations.
Lone Star Steakhouse: Active duty, reserve and retired service members get a choice of a Texas Rose, potato skins, spinach and artichoke dip, fried green beans or spicy white queso free on Nov. 11.
Longhorn Steakhouse: Veterans and current service members receive a complimentary Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcoholic beverage from a select menu on Nov. 11.
Marco’s Pizza: Veterans and active military personnel get a free medium one-topping pizza.
Max & Erma’s: Participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering veterans and active military personnel a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo meal Nov. 11.
Olive Garden: All veterans and current service members get a free meal from a limited menu on Nov. 11.
On the Border: Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free meal from the “Create Your Own Combo menu” Nov. 11.
Outback Steakhouse: All active and former service members receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage on Nov. 11. Outback is also offering active and former service members 15 percent off their meals Nov. 12 through Dec. 31.
Panera Bread: Free ‘You Pick 2’ for all veterans on Nov. 11
Red Lobster: Veterans, retired and active-duty military personnel receive a complimentary appetizer from a limited menu from Nov. 10 to Nov. 13.
Spaghetti Warehouse: Buy one entrée and get the second entrée free. This deal requires a coupon, which is available starting November 4.
Texas Roadhouse: Veterans get a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11. Offer is good for active duty, retired or former U.S. military.
Tim Horton’s: Active duty military and veterans receive a free donut all day long on Nov. 11.

RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS
— 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: Home Depot offers a 10% discount to all veterans on Nov. 11. Home Depot offers the 10% discount year round to for active duty and retirees.
JC Penney: All current and former military personnel and family members of active duty, reserves, guard and retirees get a 20 percent off in-store discount from Nov. 3 through Nov. 15. Print a copy of the coupon from the JC Penney website and redeem at any JC Penney store across the country.
Lowe’s: All veterans receive a 10% discount on Nov. 11. The offer is available in stores only.
Sports Clips: Participating locations are offering veterans and active duty service members free haircuts Nov. 11.
Steve Madden: Steve Madden is offering 20 percent off the entire purchase with a valid military ID on Nov. 11.

OTHER DISCOUNTS
Akron Zoo: Free admission to all military personnel and veterans Nov. 8 through Nov. 11. Military ID required.
National Parks: On Nov. 11, veterans will have access to over 100 National Parks that require entrance fees for free.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Military veterans get free admission and their spouses get $5 discount off a general admission ticket on Nov. 11. Military ID or proof of military service required.
Jerry Kuhn’s Kwik Car Wash (Parma): Free inside/outside car wash, all-beef hotdogs and Coca Cola for U.S. veterans and current military personnel from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 11.
Waterway Car Wash: Free car washes, 10 percent off gasoline and a free fountain soda for veterans and current military service personnel on Nov. 11.

For a list of several Veterans Day ceremonies, parades and other events scheduled all across Northeast Ohio, click here.

**Want to honor YOUR military hero? Submit a photo of your loved one, along with their name and a tribute by CLICKING HERE. We’ll include it in our ‘Honoring Our Heroes’ photo gallery.**

You can also submit your heroes picture here for a chance to win a prize at the end of November