America Says Thank You to its Veterans Today with Free Stuff

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Americans have traditionally celebrated Veterans Day, November 11, with parades and public ceremonies. However, in recent years, that celebration has expanded to the veterans themselves.

We appreciate the great sacrifices our veterans and their families have made for us, and have found other ways to express that gratitude, and American merchants now reach out to veterans with free food and discounts.

Back by popular demand, Coupon Sherpa has placed their list of 35 Veterans Day freebies across America, newly updated for 2010. Enjoy!

1. Abuelo's Mexican Food Restaurant
The Veterans Day deals from Abuelo's vary by region, so check with your local restaurant before heading out. Don't forget to bring your military I.D.

2. Applebees
All veterans and active duty military eat free from a limited menu at Applebee's on Nov. 11. Simply show proof of service or arrive wearing a uniform. For more information on this, click on

3. Golden Corral
For the 10th year in a row, Golden Corral Restaurants will offer their Military Appreciation Monday dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 15. This offer extends to all personnel including retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves.

4. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants
For the 12th year, participating restaurants in the national seafood chain offer a complimentary entree to vets from a special menu. Space is limited so online reservations are strongly recommended.

5. Outback Steakhouse
Veterans and active-duty military receive a free Bloomin' Onion and non-alcoholic beverage on Veterans Day at participating Outback Steakhouses.

6. Subway
Some Subway restaurants will distribute free six-inch subs to veterans or active-duty members on Veterans Day. Make sure you call ahead, however, as not all franchises are participating.

7. UNO Chicago Grill
Show up on Veterans Day in uniform, with a photo of yourself in uniform or with a military or veteran's I.D. and receive a free entree or individual pizza, with an entree or pizza purchase of equal or greater value.

8. Brides Across America
Bridal salons unite across America for the third year will give wedding gowns to qualified military brides. Each participating store prepares a number of gowns, most of which are samples and overstocks worth between $500 and $3,000. Dresses range in size from 4 to 22 and are given away on a first-come-first-served basis. Designers who support the cause include Vera Wang, Alfred Angelo, Carolina Herrera and many other major names in bridal couture.

9. The Dollar General
On Nov. 11, all veterans, active duty military, National Guard, Reserve, and their immediate families will receive a special 10 percent discount with a Veterans Day coupon. The coupon may be found in the Nov. 1 advertising circular in stores or by asking a Dollar General sales associate

10. Foot Locker
U.S. Active Duty Military, National Guard, Reserves, veterans and their families with Foot Locker Veterans Advantage Cards receive a 20 percent discount every day of the year. That offer is good both online and at any store location, including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction and Champs Sports, including sale items.

11. Home Depot
The Home Depot offers a 10 percent discount (up to a $500 maximum) to all active military, reserve, retired or disabled veterans and their family members with a valid military ID. All other veterans qualify for a 10 percent discount during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.

12. Lowe's
Lowe’s expanded its 10 percent military discount last February to a year-round offer for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees and disabled service members and their immediate families. All other veterans receive the 10 percent discount on Veteran's Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The discount is available on in-stock and special-order purchases of up to $5,000. This offer does not apply on sales at, on previous sales or on sales of services or gift cards. You must present a valid military I.D. card to receive this special discount.

13. Sam's Club and Hugo Canes
The warehouse store will give away 36,000 collapsible Hugo canes on Veterans Day to military veterans in need of mobility assistance. Sam’s Club membership is not required but proof of service may be necessary. The cane normally retails for $29.99.

14. Sports Clips Haircuts
The chain salon for men of all ages is offering a free haircut to active military and veterans on Nov. 11 at participating Sports Clips locations.

15. Battleship Cove
The world's largest naval-ship museum, located in Fall River, Mass., offers free admission and a special ceremony for veterans, active duty and reservists on Veterans Day.
16. Brevard Zoo
Located in Melbourne, Florida, Brevard Zoo will once again offer free admission to all active and retired military from Nov. 11 to 14. As part of Veterans Weekend. In the event any military person is currently on active duty and not in the county or country, the Zoo will give free admission to their spouse.

17. Colonial Williamsburg
Active-duty and immediate family members receive discounts to this living-history museum year round. Visit the MWR/ITT offices at your military installation to obtain an exclusive Military One-Day-Plus Pass, or receive 10 percent off any general-admission pass at the walk-up ticket windows. Call 1-800-HISTORY begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-800-HISTORY      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for more information

18. Historic Jamestown
Historic Jamestown, the original site of the 1607 James Fort and the 17th century city of Jamestown, salutes U.S. veterans, current armed forces members and their family members with free admission on Veterans Day. No I.D. is required.

19. National Parks and Public Lands
Admission is free on Veterans Day to everyone at all national parks and Bureau of Land Management public lands.

20. San Jacinto Museum of History
The San Jacinto Monument in Texas rises 570 feet above the battleground and stands as a memorial to the men who fought for Texas independence. The museum will honor all military personnel on Veterans Day by providing free admission to all its venues.

21. Sea World
Throughout 2010, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter any one of Anheuser-Busch's SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place parks with a single-day complimentary admission.

22. Universal Studios Hollywood
"The Entertainment Capital of L.A." offers discount options for tour and attraction tickets to all armed-forces members all year long, including Veterans Day. Eligible members include retirees, Department of Defense personnel, members of the National Guard and Reserves, their dependents and all other base personnel.

23. Vicksburg National Military Park
The park at Port Hudson, La., commemorates the campaign, siege and defense of Vicksburg by offering free admission to everyone on Veterans Day. Over 1,340 monuments, a restored Union gunboat and National Cemetery mark the 16-mile tour road.

24. Alexandria (Va.) Black History Museum
Honor the African American men and women who fought and continue to fight for our country by attending the Veterans Day event that includes speakers, music and dramatic presentations. The event is free to all and runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

25. Arlington National Cemetery
Those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country are recognized with a wreath-laying ceremony each year at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Nov. 11. Seating in the amphitheater is limited, so visitors should plan to arrive at least a half hour before the ceremony. The service begins at 11 a.m. The cemetery is located in Arlington, Va., across the Potomac from Washington, D.C. at the west end of the Memorial Bridge.

26. Fort Ward
A Union soldier in period uniform will lead free walking tours of Fort Ward in Alexandria, Va., at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 6. The hour-long tours introduce the history of the Defenses of Washington, the role of Fort Ward (a 19th-century fortification) and the troops who were stationed nearby during the Civil War.

27. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Special Veterans Day activities include a free patriotic community concert by an all-veteran barbershop chorus at 11 a.m. "Martha Washington" also will conduct a free discussion about her work with veterans at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Little Theater. Finally, a wreath laying is scheduled at 2 p.m. at the tomb of George Washington. The wreath laying is included with regular Mount Vernon admission, although there is no entry fee active military and veterans on Veterans Day.

28. National Marine Corps Museum
Celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day with a ceremonial sword cake cutting at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 10. The Museum is located at 18900 Jefferson David Highway, Triangle, Va.

29. Navy Memorial
The Naval District of Washington will lay a wreath at the Lone Sailor Statue as 1 p.m. in a special commemoration on Veterans Day at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

30. The Smithsonian American History Museum
Historian Robert Gandt discusses "The Twilight Warriors," his tale of the pilots, Sailors, Marines and their Japanese adversaries who fought the battle for Okinawa -- the last and bloodiest sea and air engagement of WWII. The presentation begins at 3 p.m. on Veterans Day at the museum, located on the National Mall at 14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

31. The Smithsonian American Indian Museum
Photojournalist Steven Clevenger of the Osage Tribe discusses his book "America's First Warriors: Native Americans and Iraq" at 2 p.m. on Veterans Day at 4th St. and Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. Clevenger spent three years documenting the experiences of Native American soldiers in the Iraq War.

32. Parades By City has created a state-by-state database of Veterans Day parades across the country. Search for your city or add your official Veterans Day parade to their listing.

33. Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Veterans Day event at the Vietnam Wall features a color guard, speakers and a wreath-laying ceremony at 1 p.m. The Vietnam Memorial is located at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial at Constitution Ave. and Henry Bacon Dr. NW in Washington, D.C.

34. Vietnam Women's Memorial
Vietnam-era veterans and the children of veterans tell stories "in their own voices" about their experiences from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Veterans Day. The Memorial is located next to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Constitution Ave. and Henry Bacon Dr. NW, Washington, D.C.

35. World War II Memorial
A wreath laying ceremony is scheduled at 9 a.m. on Veterans Day at the WWII memorial, located at 17th St. between Constitution and Independence avenues NW, Washington, D.C.
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34. Vietnam Women's Memorial
Vietnam-era veterans and the children of veterans tell stories "in their own voices" about their experiences from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Veterans Day. The Memorial is located next to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Constitution Ave. and Henry Bacon Dr. NW, Washington, D.C.

35. World War II Memorial
A wreath laying ceremony is scheduled at 9 a.m. on Veterans Day at the WWII memorial, located at 17th St. between Constitution and Independence avenues NW, Washington, D.C.

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