The date for Veteran’s Day is rooted in World War I when fighting ceased with an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany, and went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation.
We continue to honor our Veterans through many parades and activities. Today many restaurants throughout the country honor our Veterans by serving meals on the house to guests who are Veterans. Here’s is a list of restaurants participating:
Applebee’s is offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. There will be 7 entrées to choose from, beverage and gratuity not included. Military ID or proof of service required.
Bar Louie America, from open to close November 10th and 11th, will offer veterans and military personnel a free meal up to a $12 value. Available at participating locations, military ID or proof of service is required.
BJs Restaurant and Brewery is offering a free entree, up to $12.95 value. Offer valid to all active duty military and veterans, with proof of service.
Bob Evans offers free All you can eat hotcakes. For active duty military and veterans with ID or proof of service.
Bonanza Steakhouse has a Free Veterans Day buffet at participating locations.
Brann’s Steakhouse and Grille offers a Free 6 oz Sirloin and two sides.
Buehler’s Grocery offers a Free breakfast menu meal for veterans and active duty military. From 7:00 am until 11:00 am at participating locations.
Buffalo’s Café offers a Free meal at participating locations.
Calhoun’s Restaurant offers a Free meal, choice of Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que Half Slab of Ribs, Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que Pork Plate, “Ale” Steak, Fresh Chicken Calhoun, and Southern Fried Catfish. Proof of Service required.
California Pizza Kitchen offers Veterans a choice of a pizza, full size salad, or pasta from the special Veterans Day Menu. Dine-in only. Please go in uniform or bring your military I.D. or other proof of service.
International House of Pancakes (IHOP) is serving Free red, white and blue pancakes from 7 am to 7 pm.