“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” - Maya Angelou
“One flag, One land, One heart, One hand, One Nation Evermore!” -Oliver Wendell Holmes
It all started in 1918 on the 11th month, 11th day and 11th hour the Armistic Treaty was signed and this important day is still honored with tradition and gratitude. In 1938 Congress voted that this day be a Federal holiday. After 1953 Congress renamed Armistic Day to Veteran’s Day a day to reflect on the sacrifices that our military has made and continue to make. As my six year old daughter learned in school, “Veteran's Day is a day to thank the troops!”
From the Joiful Family to yours....THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SERVICE & SACRIFICES.
Here is a list of businesses that are doing what they can to honor the troops with free food and discounted services:
Two Important Notes
- Most companies require some form of military ID. These include: a Military ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Drivers License with Veterans Designation, a photograph in uniform, you in uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification. Other restaurants and companies may go by the honor system.
- Always call ahead to verify locations, times, and participation. Many of the listed companies are franchises and may have different policies. We will do our best to keep this page updated as we find new information.
- Applebee’s—free meal, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012: Last year, Applebee’s served more than 1 million free meals to military veterans and active servicemembers. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. There will be seven entrées to choose from, beverage and gratuity not included. Military ID or proof of service required.
- 1107 W Chester Pike West Chester, PA 19382
- 1305 West Chester Pike Havertown, PA 19083
- Friendly's—free breakfast, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012: All active military and veterans that present military ID or honorable discharge card will receive a free Big Two Do Breakfast and coffee during breakfast hours only. Applicable on dine-in only until 11 a.m.
- 240 Painters Crossing Chadds Ford, PA 19317
- 9165 Ridge Ave Philadelphia, PA 19128 (Roxborough)
- 1145 W Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063
- Chili’s—free meal, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012: Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of seven meals. This offer is available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 11, 2012 at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service. Visit their website to find locations.
- 312 W Lancaster Ave Wayne, PA 19087
- 175 E City Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
- Denny’s—free pancakes, Monday, Nov. 12 2012: Free all-you-can-eat pancakes from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12 for all active, retirees, and veterans with a valid military ID or proof of military service. Offer available in every Denny’s nationwide.
- Outback Steakhouse—free Bloomin’ Onions and Cokes until Nov. 11, 2012: Outback Steakhouse is honoring America’s military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a free Bloomin’ Onion and a Coca-Cola product during the week leading up to Veteran’s Day. This offer is available to Military Personnel with ID.
- 125 E Swedesford Rd Wayne, PA 19087
- 1162 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA 19064
- Subway—free Six-Inch Sub, Nov. 11, 2012: Select SUBWAY® Restaurants will offer a FREE six inch sub or flatbread to military veterans on Veterans Day. This offer is valid only on November 11, 2012 at participating local SUBWAY® restaurants, Military ID or proof of service required. Note: SUBWAY® Restaurants are franchises, so this offer may not be available everywhere. Please call ahead for participation and times.
- 383 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087
- 1776 E Lancaster Ave Paoli, PA 19301
- 410 Swedesford Rd Berwyn, PA 19312
- 500 Chesterbrook Blvd Chesterbrook, PA 19087
- 81 Lancaster Ave Malvern, PA 19355
- 512 Kimberton Rd Phoenixville, PA 19460
- 38 E Market St West Chester, PA 19382
- 1502 W Chester Pike West Chester, PA 19382
- 61 W Lancaster Ave Ardmore, PA 19003
- 6125 Ridge Ave Philadelphia, PA 19128 (Roxborough)
- 1136 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA 19064
- 1250 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA 19064 (In the Springfield Malll
- Texas Roadhouse—free lunch, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012: Every Texas Roadhouse location across the country will participate in the free lunch event to honor the men and women of our armed forces. Choose from one of 10 free meals, plus sides and a drink. Offer good for All veterans – including all active, retired or former U.S. military. ID Required.
- T.G.I. Friday’s—free lunch, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012: Valid for all US Military personnel and veterans. Must wear uniform (if permitted by your service) or present military ID or other proof of service. Only valid at participating locations for anyone with an old or current military ID.
- The Olive Garden—free entrée, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012: Offer good for veterans and active duty military, on Sunday, November 11 during regular business hours. Chose from a special menu; all entrées include freshly baked garlic sticks and choice of soup or salad. Offer good in US and Canada, proof of service required.
- 83 E City Ave Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
- 1001 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA 19064 (Springfield Square South)
- 7-Eleven—free Slurpee, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012: Available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Offer good to all current and former military members. ID or proof of service required.
- 1818 E Lancaster Ave Paoli, PA 19301
- 969 Glenbrook Ave Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
- 169 W City Ave Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
- 2915 Springfield Rd Broomall, PA 19008
- 2606 Haverford Rd Ardmore, PA 19003
- 1401 City Ave Wynnewood, PA 19096
- 143 W Eagle Rd Havertown, PA 19083
- 200 Nutt Rd Phoenixville, PA 19460
- 200 S High St West Chester, PA 19382
- 1300 Phoenixville Pike West Chester, PA 19380
- 6101 Ridge Ave Philadelphia, PA 19128 (Roxborough)
- 7607 Ridge Ave Philadelphia, PA 19128 (Roxborough)
- 5632 Ridge Ave Philadelphia, PA 19128 (Roxborough)
- Home Depot Military Discount: The Home Depot(R) is offering all active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veteran’s Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 and is available at The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and EXPO Design Center(R) locations. The 10% military discount is available everyday for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. Home Depot makes this offer available to all veterans on most military holidays.
- 700 Reed Rd Broomall, PA 19008
- Lowe’s Military Discount: Lowe’s Companies, Inc. will offer all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available Nov. 7 – Nov. 11. The discount is available on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via Lowes.com, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards. Like Home Depot, Lowes offers this discount daily to active duty military members, but not to veterans. However, they extend the offer to military veterans on military holidays. You can also find exclusive discounts at Lowe’s.com.
- Old Navy: Every Monday, including November 12, active and veteran military personnel with ID cards are granted 10 percent off their purchases.
- 400 S State Rd Springfield, PA 19064 (Marple Crossroads Shopping Center)
- 60 E Wynnewood Rd Wynnewood, PA 19096
- Big Lots: Veterans, active duty, retired and reserve military personnel and their immediate family members with valid ID get a 10 percent discount on purchases.
- 200 W. Swedesford Rd Devon, PA 19333
- Build-A-Bear Workshop: To celebrate Veterans Day, the store is offering 20 percent off a purchase when guests present a valid military ID.
- 1250 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA 19064 (Springfield Mall)
- Amazon.com—free MP3 album download “Veterans Day Honor”: Available at Amazon on Veterans Day. Download the album (album will be full price again starting Nov. 12).
- Sports Authority—15 percent off all purchases: All Veterans and Military personnel please stop by your local Sports Authority store to receive 15 percent off your entire purchase on Nov. 11, 2012. Please show proper identification or proof of service at check-out to receive this special offer.
- All national parks, forests and monuments offer free admission to all from Nov. 10-12