Every November, active and retired military personnel are honored on Veterans Day. Celebrated on the anniversary of the end of World War I, Nov. 11, the federal holiday is so much more than just a day off from work.
Several restaurants are paying respect to veterans this year by offering some freebies on Sunday, Nov. 10 and Monday, Nov. 11, when the holiday is officially observed, to honor service members past and present.
These are the best Veterans Day freebies for 2019:
From free meals at Applebee's to complimentary donuts at Dunkin', veterans have a wide selection to choose from. Don't forget your military I.D. or proof of service, in case they ask, and check out where veterans can score a free meal on Veterans Day 2019.
For each Chile con Queso appetizer sold at Abuelo’s between Thursday, Nov. 7 and Monday, Nov. 11, per the brand, the restaurant will donate $1 to Honor Flight, a group that transports America’s veterans to Washington, D.C.
On Monday, Nov. 11, the nationwide chain is offering all veterans and active-duty military a complimentary entree from a special menu. Military heroes can choose from a classic bacon cheeseburger or a three-cheese chicken penne.
Bar Louie is on a mission to raise $25,000 for Operation Homefront to support veterans and their families, and donations are now being accepted between Nov. 5 and Nov. 12. Veterans can also enjoy a free flatbread or burger on Nov. 11.
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Military members who dine in will receive a free entree up to $14.95 and a free Dr. Pepper, per 947qdr. Offer valid on Monday, Nov. 11.
On Sunday and Monday, veterans will be offered a BOGO deal — buy one meal with drink and get a second free — at all U.S. locations.
Buffalo Wild Wings
On Nov. 11, veterans will receive one free order of traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries at all participating U.S. locations. Dine-in only.
California Pizza Kitchen
Veterans and active-duty military can get a free meal on Monday, Nov. 11 — just don't forget your military I.D.
Chili's Grill and Bar
Chili's is celebrating Veterans Day by offering military heroes a complimentary entree from a special menu, which includes chicken crispers, chicken bacon ranch quesadillas, and cajun chicken pasta.
According to the Mexican franchise, they're offering a BOGO special on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 — buy one burrito, bowl, salad or taco, get one free — from open to close to all active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses and retired military with valid I.D.
All military veterans and active military with ID can get two free tacos on Veterans Day 2019, no purchase necessary. And per the brand, the chain is going to start offering one free taco with food purchase to veterans and active military with military I.D. year-round.
Veterans get a free a free sandwich, two sides and a regular beverage — dine-in or carry out — on Nov. 11 at the Southern restaurant chain.
At all participating locations nationwide, veterans, active, and retired military personnel will receive a Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast on Monday, Nov. 11 from 5 a.m. to noon. Don't forget your ID.
Looking for a free breakfast on Veterans Day? Dunkin is offering a free doughnut at its restaurants nationwide.
Active military and veterans can enjoy a free dine-in breakfast, lunch or dinner on Monday, Nov. 11. ID required.
On Monday, Nov. 11, veterans can enjoy a free sit-in “thank you” free buffet at Golden Corral locations between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
On Monday, Nov. 11, Hooters welcomes all military – active and retired — to enjoy a free meal as a thank you for their service, per Chew Boom.
Little Caesars Pizza
Get a free $5 Hot-and-Ready lunch combo on Monday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At participating Marco's locations, all veterans can get 50% off all menu price pizzas on Nov. 11, using the code HONOR50, per the brand.
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt
For a sweet treat, Menchie's is offering veterans and military personnel with an ID a free six-ounce yogurt all day on Nov. 11.
On The Border
Craving Mexican? On Sunday, Nov. 11, On The Border is offering all military members a free meal, complete with rice and beans.
Pilot Flying J
From Nov. 8 through Nov. 11, the convenience chain is treating active-duty and retired military veterans to a free breakfast via the app, including free coffee and a breakfast sandwich, breakfast pizza, or breakfast grill item, per the brand.
On Nov. 11, veterans and active military can enjoy a free dine-in Red’s Tavern Double Burger and bottomless steak fries with valid ID.
Romano's Macaroni Grill
On Nov. 10, the Italian eatery will offer veterans and active military (with military ID) a complimentary Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs plus Spaghetti entree at all U.S. locations.
The convenience chain is offering free six-inch turkey subs and a regular size fountain drink at all locations, along with free car washes, per the brand. Just remember your military I.D.
Military service men and women can enjoy a free lunch at participating locations until 4 p.m on Nov. 11. Veterans must show proof of service.
Need a caffeine fix? Veterans can head to Starbucks for a free tall brewed coffee on Sunday, Nov. 11.
On Nov. 12, veterans and active military can head to Sonny's BBQ for a free pulled or sliced pork sandwich.
Tap House Grill
Veterans will receive free chili and tots on Nov. 11.
Lunch is on Texas Roadhouse on Sunday, Nov. 11 when veterans will be able to enjoy a complimentary meal from a 10-entree menu.
Veterans and active military personnel will receive their first 6 oz. of frozen yogurt for free on Monday, Nov. 11, per the brand.
Wild Wing Cafe
Vets eat free on Nov. 11 — prepare to feast on six wings or nuggets, smothered in a sauce of your choice, on the house.