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Today, November 11th, is Veterans Day in the United States.  The day, which started as “Armistence Day” in 1919 to commemorate the ending of World War I, became a national holiday in 1938.

Veterans Day is a day intended to celebrate all Veterans, living and deceased, from all wars.  The holiday was still called “Armistence Day” until President Eisenhower changed the name to “Veterans Day” in 1954.

Today, there are over 18 million living veterans in America who have served in at least one war.  Today, we honor them by remembering their great sacrifice and thanking them for everything they have done for our country.

Some businesses in the Metro Detroit area are going far beyond expressions of thanks and gratitude this Veterans Day; they are extending discounts to all Veterans, all day.

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Here is a list of some of the businesses offering discounts to Veterans this Veterans Day:
Applebee’s: Veterans and active duty can receive a free dine-in entrée off of Applebee’s special menu. Items include the Bacon Cheeseburger and Fiesta Lime Chicken. Since 2008, Applebee’s has served 9.8 million free meals on Veterans Day. The offer is dine-in only.
California Pizza Kitchen: With proof of service, veterans and active duty are able to select from a limited menu, which includes six pizzas, four full-size salads or three pasta dishes. The offer is dine-in only.
Chili’s: With proof of service, veterans and active duty can enjoy a free entrée from a menu of seven entrees, including the Just Bacon Burger and Chicken Crispers. The offer is dine-in only.
Cracker Barrel: Veterans can enjoy a free double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake or a pumpkin pie latte.
Dunkin: Vets and active duty can get a free doughnut of their choice at participating locations on Monday.
Emagine Theatres: Vets and active duty can receive two free movie tickets on Monday by presenting their military ID at the box office of any Emagine Theatre location. View more information here.
Golden Corral: The buffet joint is offering current and active duty military and reservists a free meal at the buffet.
HopCat: The restaurant will offer all active-duty military and veterans a free dine-in meal and soft drink.
Little Caesars: The pizza joint will offer its typical $5 lunch of four slices and a 20-ounce beverage for free to veterans and active military from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.
National Coney Island: Those with valid military identification or proof of service can get a free Coney at National Coney Island. The limit is three Coneys per person per visit.
Olive Garden: All U.S. veterans and active service members can get a free entree from a select menu, including Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Lasagna Classico and unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks.
Red Lobster: Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer or dessert with proof of service. Veterans and active duty can choose from seven appetizers or five desserts.
Red Robin: This burger joint is offering veterans and active duty a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and bottomless fries all day Monday. The offer is dine-in only.
Smashburger: Veterans and active duty military get a free double burger on with any purchase.

What do you think about all of these discounts?  SHARE this article with a Veteran you know to help them save them some money this Veterans Day!