Many businesses thank veterans and active military members by offering them a free meal or other gift on Veterans Day, which is Sunday, November 11th, 2018. If you’re a member of the military, please check out this list, and see if there’s a deal that you might be able to take advantage of.
If you’re not a military member, you probably know one. Why not share this information and also thank them as well?
Not all of these deals take place exactly on Veterans Day, so make sure to read all the details. Unless otherwise specified, these freebies and deals are for veterans and active duty military and take place Sunday, November 11, 2018. You’ll want to click the links to find out what form of proof is required to show your status. (And verify that the location you’re interested in is participating.)
Also, make sure to read this whole post, because it includes events like Veterans Day Parades, and also freebies like free car washes and free haircuts.
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Free food and drink on Veterans Day
Falls Baptist Church, 9700 Fonville Road, Wake Forest, holds an annual free Veterans’ Pancake Breakfast. It’s taking place this year on Saturday, November 10th, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. All veterans eat unlimited pancakes, sausage, bacon, juice and coffee. All non-veterans can also eat with a requested $5 donation to Operation North State to support veteran’s causes.
Choice of free entrée from a special menu on Sunday, November 11th, 2018. Dine-in only. Proof of service required.
Free flatbread or burger for veterans and active duty military with military I.D. on Sunday, November 11th, 2018. Also, through its week-long “Mission for Vets” campaign, from Monday, November 5 to Monday, November 12, Bar Louie invites its guests to donate via an add-on to their checks. All proceeds will be donated to Operation Homefront’s Critical Financial Assistance program to help veterans and their families in immediate need.
On Sunday, November 11th, 2018, Back Yard Burgers is offering a free Back Yard Classic Burger to all active duty service members and veterans who show their military ID, discharge papers, proof of service or are in uniform. No purchase is necessary for veterans to get this complimentary burger. You’ll find Back Yard Burgers at 9860 Leesville Road, Raleigh.
On Sunday, November 11th, 2018, all military members who dine-in restaurant receive a complimentary entree up to $12.95 plus a free Dr Pepper beverage by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse location nationwide.
On Sunday, November 11th, 2018, veterans and active duty military get a free meal. Choose from Country Biscuit Breakfast, Brioche French Toast, The Mini Sampler, Stack of Hotcakes, Country Fried Steak Savor Dinner, or a Soup & Salad Combo.
On Sunday, November 11th, 2018, all active and retired service members with a valid military ID will receive a complimentary Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer.
Veterans and Active Military receive a free entrée on Sunday, November 11th, 2018, from a special menu that includes certain pizzas, salads and pastas. Dine-in only. Must be in uniform or show proof of military status.
On Sunday, November 11th, 2018, veterans and active duty get a free meal. Choose from Chicken Crispers, Margarita, Grilled Chicken, Bowl of Chili or Soup & Salad, Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas, Just Bacon Burger, Oldtimer with Cheese, or Cajun Chicken Pasta.
Monday, November 12th, 2018, from 5 a.m. to noon, veterans and military personnel get a free “Build-Your-Own Grand Slam.”
On Sunday, November 11, at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide, veterans and active duty military are eligible to receive a free donut of their choice with no purchase necessary.
On Sunday, November 11th, 2018 Chipotle is offering a buy-one-get-one deal to active duty military, reserves, National Guard, military spouses and retired military with valid ID. Free item requires purchase of an entrée item of equal or greater value.
On Sunday, November 11th, 2018, military veterans will receive a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake. Dine-in only.
Golden Corral’s annual Military Appreciation Night is Monday, November 12th, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Anybody who has served in the military is eligible for a free meal.
On Sunday, November 11th, 2018, all veterans and active duty military get a free entrée when they purchase a beverage. Choose from 10-pice Traditional Wings, 10-pice Smoked Wings, 10-piece Boneless Wings, Hooters Burger, Buffalo Chicken Salad, and Buffalo Chicken Sandwich.
Sunday, November 11th, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., all Veterans and Military Personnel will receive a free meal from the American Roadhouse Meals menu (with valid military id). Beverage not included.
Veterans and Gold Star honorees (parents and spouse) are invited to enjoy a free entrée at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11th, 2018. The offer is available for both lunch and dinner.
Veterans and active duty military get up to 6 ounces of frozen yogurt on Sunday, November 11th, 2018.
Sunday, November 11th, active and former military members get a free meal. Choose any two items off the combo menu, like tacos, enchiladas, empanadas, mini chimis and more. All servied with Mexican rice and beans, plus endless chips and salsa.
Veterans, active duty military and reservists can get a free appetizer or dessert on Sunday, November 11th, and Monday, November 12th, 2018. Choices include Sweet Chili Shrimp, Mozzarella Cheesesticks, Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms, Lobster and Langostino Pizza and Signature Shrimp Cocktail. Desserts include Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Warm Apple Crostada, Chocolate Wave and Brownie Overboard.
On Sunday, November 12th, 2018, Veterans and active duty military get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries.
Participating locations will provide military personnel with a free sandwich, regular side and 20-oz. beverage from Thursday, November 8th, to Saturday, November 10th, 2018.
On Sunday, November 11th, 2018, veterans get a free meal. Choose from any Awesome Salad, Wild Wrap, Beefy Burger or Chicken Sandwich.
On Sunday, November 11th, 2018, all veterans will receive one free draught beer or $5 off their check.
On Sunday, November 11th, 2018, all veterans get 20% off. Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Road, Suite 100, Raleigh.
Other Freebies and discounts
Grace for Vets
Free car wash for veterans and military members Sunday, November 11th, 2018.
Great Clips: Free haircuts for veterans and active duty military Sunday, November 11th, 2018.
Sports Clips: Military members can get a free haircut on Sunday, November 11, 2018. In addition, $1 from every hair service on November 11 will be donated to the “Help A Hero” fundraising campaign.
Latin Dance Class
Free Latin Dance Class for Veterans: Veterans and their family members are invited to participate in a free Latin dance workshop on Sunday, November 11th, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Witherspoon Student Center, Room 201, 2810 Cates Avenue, Raleigh, on the NC State campus.
Super 8 by Wyndham
Through December 11th, 2018, any current or retired military personnel, veterans and their families who book and stay at participating Super 8 hotels in the U.S. and Canada can take advantage of Super 8’s 20% off military discount.
Red Roof Inn
From November 1 – December 31, 2018, all active duty and veterans can enjoy 20% off our best available rate for stays reserved November 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019 when using VP#623095. The Home for the Holidays rate is only available when you book online at redroof.com or by calling 800.RED.ROOF (800.733.7663) at Red Roof Inn, Red Roof PLUS+ and The Red Collection properties.
All veterans and active duty military will receive a free set of guitar strings and restringing service on Sunday, November 11th, 2018, any Guitar Center that does repairs. Plus, veterans and active duty personnel receive 10% off in-store all year long.
Veterans Day Events
Make sure to follow the links for details. More events are still be added, so keep checking back.
Veterans Day Observance in Cary
Veterans Day Observance in Cary: The Town of Cary will hold a Veterans Day Observance on Sunday, November 11th, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Veterans Freedom Park, 1513 N. Harrison Ave. It will include speakers, patriotic music and more.
North Carolina Veterans Day Parade in Raleigh
North Carolina Veterans Day Parade: The Raleigh parade, on Saturday, November 10th, starts at 9 a.m.
A Kid’s Live program
A Kid’s Life: World War 1 Poppies and Peg Dolls: Saturday, November 10th, at West Point on the Eno, 5101 N. Roxboro Road, Durham, kids age 5-12 can take part in this free activity. You don’t have to register.Come celebrate Veterans Day and the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War I. You’ll get to learn about Durham residents’ life and involvement during World War I. You will also get to make your own red poppy pin and peg doll to take home with you.
Veterans Day Observance in Garner
The Town of Garner’s Veterans Day Observance takes place Sunday, November 11th, at Aversboro Baptist Church, 1600 Aversboro Road, Garner, at 3 p.m. This event features recognition of veterans, patriotic music and a keynote address. A Mini-concert featuring patriotic music played by Garner Magnet High School band students will be offered at 2:30 p.m. Tours of the Garner Veterans Memorial will be available before and after the ceremony.
Veterans Day Remembrance
On Saturday, November 10th, 2018, at 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. there will be a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial, 600 W. Murray Avenue, Durham.
The Lasting Legacies of World War I
This program takes place on Saturday, November 10th, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at North Carolina Museum of History. Commemorate the centennial of the armistice that ended World War I with talks from a panel of scholars who will examine and discuss why the “war to end all wars” not only failed to keep the world “safe for democracy” but actually created a number of complications that affect geo-political, economic, and immigration issues to this day.