SAN DIEGO – At the end of World War I, the armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason November 11, 1918 became the official day to celebrate all our nation’s veterans. Originally called Armistice Day, it became Veterans Day after World War II.
This Veterans Day, Friday, November 11th, 2016, restaurants, stores and other establishments all across the country and San Diego 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. It is recommended you call specific locations to make sure they are taking part in the promotions.***
Applebee’s: In honor of their services, veterans and active duty military get a free meal.
Bar Louie: Veterans and active-duty military will get a free appetizer or entrée on Veterans Day.
Baskin-Robbins: For every ice cream scoop sold on Veterans Day, the brand will make an $.11 donation to the U.S.O.
Bob Evans: free breakfast all day long on Veterans Day for veterans and active-duty military.
Bonefish Grill: On Friday, November 11th, all active and retired service members with a valid military ID will receive a Complimentary Bang Bang Shrimp at all Bonefish Grill locations.
Buffalo Wild Wings: complimentary order of wings and a side of fries to veterans and active-duty military. Must present acceptable proof of military service, which includes: permanent or temporary U.S. military ID cards, veteran’s card, a photograph of yourself in military uniform, or dine-in at a participating location in uniform.
California Pizza Kitchen: free entrée from the Veterans’ Day menu. Please come in uniform or bring your military ID or other proof of service.
Chik-fil-A: The new Chick-fil-A at Misericordia University will open on Thursday, November 10, and the restaurant will donate 50 cents for every Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich sold on opening day to the Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org) to honor Veterans Day. In addition, all military veterans will receive a free Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich on Veterans Day (Friday, November 11).
Chipotle: Friday, November 11th, from 3pm-close: a buy one, get one free burrito, bowl, salad, or taco order. Valid for all US military active-duty, Reserves, National Guard and retired military, military spouses with ID and veterans.
Cracker Barrel: offering military veterans a complimentary slice of its Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake. Must show proof of military service
Denny’s: active, inactive and retired military personnel will get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on Friday, Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. to noon. Please show valid military id.
Friendly’s: free breakfast, lunch or dinner for veterans and active military, with a valid military ID or honorable discharge card.
Golden Corral: Monday, November 14, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. is Military Appreciation night with a free “thank you” dinner. Must show proof of military service.
Hollywood Casino: Friday, Nov. 11, the casino will kick off a year-round military appreciation program by offering a $10 dining voucher to veterans and service members good at all of the casino’s dining outlets. Call 619-315-2250 for more information on the year-round program.
IHOP: Vets and active-duty military: Red, White & Blue Pancakes free from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Krispy Kreme: will celebrate Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 11th by offering a Free Doughnut (any variety) and a Small Coffee to anyone who identifies themselves as a veteran or active duty military personnel at participating Krispy Kreme locations (no ID required).
Longhorn Steakhouse: will offer a free appetizer or dessert (no purchase required, no restrictions) to anyone showing proof of military service, plus 10% off for guests that dine with Veterans on November 11.
Olive Garden: will offer a free entrée from a special menu to active-duty military and military veterans.
Panera Bread: a complimentary You-Pick-Two with military identification or if wearing their uniform to the participating Panera Bread bakery-cafes in the Cleveland, Akron, Canton area. For a complete list of participating bakery-cafes, click here.
Red Lobster: This Veterans Day, Red Lobster is thanking veterans, active duty military, and reservists by offering a FREE appetizer or dessert with a valid military ID on November 10th and 11th.
Red Robin: all Veterans and active-duty military members will get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries. No purchase is necessary. Just show proof of service.
Texas Roadhouse: is offering a free meal to all military service men and women on Friday, November 11.
JCPenney: will offer a 5 percent discount from Nov. 10-13 to current and former military personnel and their immediate family members with valid military or VA identification provided in-store. The discount may be combined with additional coupons and special offers including a $10 off $25 coupon with any form of payment or 20 percent off coupon when paying with a JCPenney credit card.
Mimi’s Cafe: All veterans and active duty military will receive a complimentary entrée with the purchase of any non-alcoholic beverage.
San Diego Car Care: Free car washes to veterans and current military service personnel, under the Grace For Vets FREE Wash Program on Friday November 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SeaWorld: Waves of Honor complimentary admission program program is available to military veterans and up to three additional guests through the end of the year.
UFC Gym: Free 3-day full access pass for active duty military and veterans, as well as their families.
Wingstop: One free 6-piece boneless wings combo for all veterans, active duty and reserve military service members. No ID required.