From discounts on merchandise to free meals, Veterans Day globally remains a holiday celebrated by the masses. Today we’ll take a look at some facts about Veterans Day and a few discounts in the US.
Origin of Veterans Day
First, Veterans Day was originally called “Armistice Day” and was celebrated on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I (according to history.com). Technically, the war ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 (November 11th at 11:00am). This day commemorates veterans of all wars, not just World War I. Also, unlike Memorial Day, it celebrates those who are still alive as well as those who have died. Additionally, Veterans Day is celebrated beyond the United States. Great Britain, France, Australia, and Canada all celebrate the end of WWI and WWII on or around November 11th. Imagine that for a few minutes on November 11th, all around the world, people stop to remember those who serve their countries.
Veterans in the United States 2020
At least 18 million living veterans served during at least one war as of 2018.
7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War
2 million veterans served during the Korean War
16 million veterans served during WWII, approximately 325,000 are still alive.
Discounts for Veterans on November 11, 2020
One of the favorite facts of Veterans Day is that veterans can get discounts or even free meals on November 11th. The below list was pulled from VA.gov, and while it isn’t an exhaustive list, it does give quite a few resources for veterans who are hungry for either sales or lunch tomorrow.
Veterans Day discounts and meals at restaurants
Applebee’s – November 11, 2020
Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu at participating Applebee’s on November 11. Dine-in only. Visit the Applebee’s website for details.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co – November 11, 2020
Military personnel and their families receive 20% off, with a valid ID at participating locations. Please visit their website for details.
Chili’s Grill & Bar – November 11, 2020
All Veterans and active duty military personnel can get a free meal from a special menu on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at all participating Chili’s Grill and Bar restaurants. Available for in restaurant only. Please call ahead to your local Chili’s restaurant if you have any questions about your Veterans Day meals. Visit the Chili’s website for details.
Cracker Barrel – November 2020
Cracker Barrel will donate a $10 Cracker Barrel gift card to Operation Homefront for each Country Fried Turkey Family Meal Basket sold in the month of November (up to $50,000)*, and the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Foundation will make an additional $50,000 donation to Operation Homefront – totaling up to $100,000 to support military families this holiday season. Additionally, on Veterans Day – Wednesday, Nov. 11, Cracker Barrel will offer all U.S. military veterans a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake when dining at any Cracker Barrel location nationwide.
Denny’s – November 12, 2020
All Veterans and active duty service members with a valid military ID or DD 214 receive a free Build Your Own Grand Slam at participating Denny’s locations on November 12, 2020, from 5 am to noon. Visit the Denny’s website for details.
Famous Dave’s – November 11, 2020
Military personnel and Veterans are being offered a free meal on November 11th at participating locations only. Valid for dine-in, to go and online ordering. Use code VETERAN for online orders. Not valid for call-in orders. Proof of military service is required. Please call ahead to your local Famous Dave’s for details.
Golden Corral – November 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020
Active and former military members who have served in the US Military can pick up a promotional card during the month of November, redeemable for a FREE thank you meal. Promotional cards can be redeemed through May 31, 2020. Please visit their website for details.
Green Mill – November 11, 2020
Veterans and active duty military personnel receive a free menu item, with proof of service, at participating locations. Some restrictions apply. Please visit their website for details. Veterans also save 10% every day!
IHOP – November 11, 2002
Free Red, White and Blue pancakes. Veterans and Active/Reserve service members are invited with family and friends to make to-order breakfast at IHOP on Wednesday, November 11, which includes a free pancake offer till 7 p.m.
Red Lobster – November 11, 2020
Veterans and active duty military can receive a free appetizer or dessert from a select menu on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, with a valid military ID or proof of service. The offer will be available for dine-in only. Please contact your nearest Red Lobster for details.
Red Robin – November 11, 2020
Veterans and active duty military who are Red Robin Royalty members are being offered a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries anytime between Nov. 11-30 for dine-in or to-go. Visit the Red Robin website for details.
Starbucks – November 11, 2020
Veterans, military service members and military spouses receive a free tall hot brewed coffee at participating locations. Please visit their website for details.
TravelCenters of America – November 11, 2020
Veterans and active duty service members receive a free meal Veterans Day at participating locations, with proof of military service. Please visit their website for details.
Veterans Day discounts for haircuts
Great Clips – November 11, 2020
Veterans and current military members can visit a U.S. Great Clips salon on November 11 to receive either a free haircut that day or the free haircut card to use at a later date. Visit the Great Clips website for details.
Hair Cuttery/Bubbles/CIBU – November 8-15, 2020
10% off of any haircut or salon service. Select salons also offer Curbside Cuts which will allow Veterans to have the opportunity to get a haircut at the hair salon, in an outdoor environment at a discounted price. To book, Veterans can visit haircuttery.com, or call their local salon and present a military id at checkout. Same day appointments and walk-ins will also be welcomed at select locations.
Sport Clips – November 11, 2020
Some locations will be offering free haircuts to active duty service members and Veterans on November 11. Visit the Sports Clips website for details and participating locations.
SmartStyle Hair Salons – Every Day
Current or former military members, and Veterans are being offered a 10% discount off any services and professional products. Please show proof of service to receive this discount at participating salons. Walk-ins welcome. No double discounts. Discount may vary per location. Visit the SmartStyle website for details.
Veterans Day discounts in retail and services
Bed Bath and Beyond – November 11, 2020
Active Duty U.S. military, Veterans and military spouses will receive 25% off your entire in-store shopping cart on November 11, 2020. Call or visit your nearest location for details.
Dollar General – November 11, 2020
Veterans, active duty and their families receive 11% off total purchase in-store and online. Please visit their website for details.
Eyemart Express – Every Day
Active/Non-Active Military, Veterans and dependents receive 20% off their year-round, with valid ID. Please visit their website for details.
Hyundai – thru January 4, 2021
Active Duty, Reservist/National Guard, Veteran and Retired US Military Personnel could receive $500 bonus towards a new Hyundai vehicle. Please visit their website for details.
Hy-Vee – November 11, 2020
Free curbside breakfast for Veterans and active-duty military members as well as a 10% discount on purchases made in-store.
Office Depot Office Max – November 11-13, 2020
Veterans, active duty service members, retirees, reservists and their dependents receive 25% off qualifying purchases in store, with a valid military ID. Please visit their website for details.
7-Eleven – November 11, 2020
Active-duty, retired, Veteran, guard reservists and family members who are Veterans Advantage and 7Rewards members, can receive a free coffee of Big Gulp on Veterans Day. Please contact your nearest location or visit their website for details.
Target – November 1-11, 2020
Target is offering all U.S. active-duty military personnel, Veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off the guest’s full basket.To receive the offer, guests must first demonstrate eligibility by registering at www.target.com/circle/military. After eligibility has been verified, an exclusive, one-time use 10% Target Circle offer will be available for the guest to use in-store or online.
Walgreens – November 11-15, 2020
20% off in store purchases, offer valid for Veterans, military and their families from 11/11 thru 11/15/20, with Balance® Rewards card or myWalgreens™ and proof of service. In-store offer only valid in Walgreens or Duane Reade stores