Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Veterans! a guide to free food & admissions
America Remembers and Thanks You !
I would like to take time to say a special thank you to all men and women who have served our country throughout the years, and especially since 9-11. Your service and sacrifice is greatly appreciated. A heart felt prayer is also sent in light of recent events. Blessings to all.
This is just a partial list of things you and your families can do and see for free this special holiday in your honor. Please double check with any local area parks, stores & restaurants for more information on any other special prices or discounts available.
What better place than the wide-open spaces within a national park or wildlife refuge to reflect on the freedoms we enjoy and the sacrifices made by members of the armed services to protect those freedoms?
In honor of these heroes, all public recreation land managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation will waive entrance fees for them and the general public on Veterans Day, Wednesday.
“The Department of the Interior is honored to offer this fee-free day to thank our nation’s service men and women,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a news release. “The sacrifices and achievements of the brave men and women of our armed forces can never be understated. We invite all of our visitors to enjoy this fee-free day and take time out on this national holiday to remember our service men and women who are currently serving overseas in harms way. ”
Only entrance fees are waived. Fees associated with camping, lodging or other activities will be collected.
Colonial Williamsburg is offering free admission to veterans Nov. 11 as part of its Veterans Day tribute.
The free Honoring Service to America pass also will be offered to active duty military, National Guard and reservists, retirees and veterans' dependents during the same period.
Colonial Williamsburg will hold a military parade and ceremony on Veterans Day.
Special rates at five on-site hotels for military personnel and their families also will be offered.
Shirley Plantation near Richmond also is paying tribute to veterans. Veterans will be admitted free on Veterans Day and there will be tours focusing on the Hill Carter family's military service dating back to the 17th century.
Veterans also have the opportunity for free meals (see below). Please check you local area restaurants if they are offering this deal. I would also suggest calling and seeing if you need to confirm a sitting time, as I am sure they will be busy.
On Veterans Day, November 11th, Applebee's offers a complimentary entree (dine-in only) from a special menu for all veterans and active-duty military.
Also on November 11th, Outback Steakhouse will offer all veterans and active duty military a free Bloomin' Onion and beverage.
And on November 16th, Golden Corral will serve free dinner buffets with beverage from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm to any person who is or has served in any branch of the U.S. military, including the National Guard and Reserves. State and local Disabled American Veterans representatives will be on-site at all Golden Corral locations coordinating the collection of donations from customers. It is being served on this date to not to interfere with Veteran's Day activities.
Krispy Kreme will be offering free doughnuts as well for military and Veterans.
Uno's invites all members of the military, both veterans and active duty, to join us for a free entrée or individual pizza (with an entrée or pizza purchase of equal or greater value).
There's no coupon necessary, just show up in uniform, or with a picture of you in uniform, or with a military or veteran's ID – just show up! It will be our pleasure to serve you.