Friday Favorites — We L♥ve Our Veterans!!!!!!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Hello my Lovlies.  My favorite thing for Cynthia's Friday Favorites is our Veterans!!!! 

America lves its Veterans because they are the heart & soul of our country.

Clearly I am not the only one that honors and appreciates your service to our country. 

I was searching the internet and many business across America want to say "thank you" to Veterans and active military members by offering freebies and deals on food and drinks. 

If you're a veteran or an active member of the military, you might eat free all day on Friday (today)!  

Here's a list of some of the national chains and restaurants offering freebies and deals:

Bob EvansFree meal from a special menu available all day. Military ID required.
IHOPFree red, white and blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Little CaesarsFree Hot-N-Ready lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Applebee's: Free meal from a special menu and get a $5 coupon that can be redeemed Nov. 12-27.
Red Lobster: Veterans, active duty military and reservists get a free appetizer or dessert with a valid military ID on November 10th and 11th.
LongHorn Steakhouse: Free appetizer or dessert, and veterans and their guests will receive 10% off their meal.
Fazoli's: Veterans will receive a free "Build Your Own Pasta Bowl" on Nov. 11.
Chicken Salad ChickVeterans get a free Original Chick meal, which includes a chicken salad scoop or sandwich, side, pickle and cookie, with a drink. No purchase necessary. Find locations here.
Baskin-Robbins: For every ice cream scoop sold in the U.S., the company will donate 11 cents to United Service Organizations.
Outback SteakhouseFree Bloomin' Onion and a beverage. Outback also is offering active and former service members 15% off their meals and their families' Nov. 12 through Dec. 31.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews: All veterans and active duty military get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and bottomless steak fries at participating restaurants nationwide. Red Robin is also donating $10,000 to United Service Organizations.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Free small order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries.
ChipotleFrom 3 p.m. to close, all U.S. military, military spouses and veterans get a buy one get one free burrito, bowl, salad or tacos.
Chili's: Free meal from a special menu.
Olive Garden: Veterans and active duty service members get a free entree.

Spread the word – All veterans can enjoy a free entree this Friday! 🇺🇸
Cracker Barrel: Free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.
Denny's: From 5 a.m. to noon, active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam.
UFC GYM: Active duty and veteran military and their families will receive VIP status at more than 130 locations across the United States from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13. VIP members receive total gym access. 
Shoney's: Free all-American burger for veterans and active duty military service members at participating locations across the country. There is a limit of one per day per service member and is only available dine-in.
Great Clips: Veterans who go to Great Clips for a haircut on Nov. 11 will receive a coupon for a free hair cut valid through Dec. 31.
Golden CorralVeterans get a free beverage and buffet meal from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 14.
American Family Care: American Family Care urgent care facilities will offer military veterans free flu shots on Veterans Day.
World of Beer: Free beer for all veterans and current service members with military I.D., VA card or proof of service, on Nov. 11 at participating locations. Guests in Ill., Mass., Md., Ohio, Ga., S.C., Ala., Texas, N.C., Va., and N.Y. will receive $5 off any food item due to state laws, World of Beer said in a statement.
Free movie tickets at iPic Theaters : On Nov. 11, all veterans and active duty military can get a free movie ticket by showing proof of service with U.S. uniform services I.D. or in uniform. Here's a list of locations here. 
The aforementioned list is courtesy of USA Today™. 

I sat at my desk for quite a while trying to think of a way to describe what a Veteran means to me.  Believe it or not, I couldn't come up with the words to honor and thank you for your service and commitment to our country.

To that end, I found this amazing essay that Emily Strain had written on "What Veteran's Day means to me...

Tell, or better yet show, a Veteran how much you appreciate their commitment and sacrifice to our country means to you.

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