[UPDATE: O'Charley's will be offering veterans and active duty military a free meal from the "$9.99er" menu with valid military ID or proof of service on Nov. 12.]
Veterans Day is coming up on Sunday, Nov. 11, and in honor of the holiday many restaurants and retailers are offering special promotions for veterans.
Additionally, there’s a whole host of events available for veterans next weekend in the Roanoke area. The Blue Ridge Veterans Celebration is one of the biggest and spans three days.
By picking up a free button from any local Member One Federal Credit Union, veterans will gain free entry to various events, be treated to free meals and receive a discount at local businesses. The buttons are also available for $15
to the public.
Each button will earn participants entrance into the National D-Day Memorial for a tour Friday, a reception that night at 202 Market in downtown Roanoke (light refreshments included), a barbecue at Railside Stage in downtown Roanoke after the parade on Nov. 10 and a cookout at the Vinton-Roanoke County Veterans Monument on Nov. 11.
Discounts that can be received with the button from local businesses include:
The Gift Niche: 10 percent off purchases Nov. 9-11
202 Market: 10 percent off food Nov. 9-11
Orvis: 10 percent off regular-price items Nov. 9-11.
Flannery’s Irish Pub: 10 percent off regular-price food Nov. 9-11.
Davidson’s: 10 percent off regular-price items Nov. 9-11.
Benny Marconi’s: free can of soda with a slice of pizza Nov. 9-16.
Corned Beef & Co.: 10 percent off all food Nov. 9-16.
Cyclo & Ward: 10 percent off regular-price parts and accessories Nov. 9-16.
More businesses could be added to this list before the event, so check www.blueridgeveteranscelebration.com for more information.
Here’s a roundup of other deals available throughout the Roanoke and New River valleys for those who served our country.
Applebee’s: A free meal from the Veterans Day Menu on Nov. 11 with proof of military service. Beverages and gratuity are not included; valid for dine-in only.
Krispy Kreme: Veterans and active duty military members in uniform or with proof of service will receive a small coffee and a doughnut on
Nov. 11. No purchase necessary.
Hooters: With the purchase of a drink, veterans and active duty military members will receive 10 free boneless wings on Nov. 11. Military ID or proof of service is required.
Little Caesars: With a valid military ID customers will receive a free order of Crazy Bread.
Travel Centers of America: CDL (commercial driver’s license) drivers who are also military veterans can get a free meal at any full-service restaurant in Travel Centers of America, including Country Pride, up to a $15 value. Proof of military service plus a CDL license is required.
Lodging: Visit www.betterwaytostay.com to view a list of bed and breakfasts offering active duty military members and veterans plus one guest a free night’s stay. Rooms are offered on a space available basis and details can vary by location. There are participating locations in Roanoke and the surrounding area.
National parks: Nov. 10-12, the U.S. National Parks will waive entry fees. Additionally, active duty military members and their dependents can get an America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass for free, an $80 value. According to www.nps.gov, the fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.
Home Depot: The retailer offers a year-round military discount of 10 percent for active military members, but this is extended to veterans with ID on Nov. 11. There is a $500 maximum in savings.
Lowe’s: The year-round military members discount of 10 percent is extended to all veterans on Nov. 11 with a valid Form DD214 or other proof of service. This offer is valid in-store only and cannot be combined with any other promotions.
Golden Corral: On Nov. 12, the restaurant is offering veterans and active duty military members a free dinner buffet and beverage. No identification is necessary, and restaurants nationwide will be participating. This deal is valid for dine-in only.
Denny’s: Active duty military members and veterans can get free all-you-can-eat pancakes from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 12. A military ID must be presented to receive the deal.
Outback Steakhouse: With a valid ID or proof of service veterans and active duty military members can receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola product on Nov. 11 and Nov. 12.
From Nov. 13 through Dec. 31, a military discount of 10 percent off the entire check will be given.
Olive Garden: Veterans and active duty military members with proof of service will receive a free entree from a special menu, which includes breadsticks and a choice of soup or salad.
Red Lobster: Veterans and active duty military members with proof of service will receive a free entree appetizer from nine available options.
LongHorn Steakhouse: Veterans and active duty military members with proof of service will receive a free Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage.
Subway: With proof of service or ID, veterans can receive a free 6-inch sub or flatbread on Nov. 12.
Dollar General: Active duty military members, veterans and all immediate family will receive a discount of 11 percent off of their entire purchase on Nov. 11.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores: From Nov. 8 through Nov. 12, present proof of military service, past or present, or a Military Dependent ID to receive 20 percent off your total purchase, including regular, sale-priced and clearance items. There are some exclusions, and the offer cannot be combined with other discounts of coupons.
TGI Fridays: With proof of service, veterans can get a free lunch between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. from a set lunch menu.
Big Lots: On Nov. 10 veterans with a valid military ID will receive 10 percent off their entire purchase. Some exclusions apply.
Walgreens: Veterans and active duty military members will receive 15 percent off eligible store purchases and 20 percent off Walgreens and W brand products on Nov. 11 with military ID or proof of service.
All of these deals are valid at participating locations only, so you might consider calling ahead to be sure your favorite location will honor the deal.
For a nice list of year-round military discounts, click here.