WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - "Thank You" - two little words nearly every person around the nation is saying to our veterans on Monday, for serving our country.
Dinner or lunch, free. Car wash, also free. Serving the nation, priceless.
The words "Thank You" cannot be uttered enough on a day like Veterans Day.
"I served my country, I will do it again if I have to," said Emanuel Poulos, a Korean War Veteran.
For these men and women, it's not about the things that are free. For them it goes beyond that because even freedom is not free.
"People here really appreciate the veterans and particularly I pray for those who died to give us liberty," said Poulos.
Red Robin, TGI Fridays, and Golden Corral are just a few restaurants in town who gave away freebies to all those who've served in the military. Buff Masters, a car wash, gave out free washes.
"Some of them have tears in their eyes because of us giving away a free car wash," said Mark Johnson, owner of Buff Masters. "It's the small things that we can do to give back for the sacrifice they've done so much for us."
"For all those young women and men in the military, it's really great to see that society has come around and is a lot more supportive of us veterans," said John Logan, an active Marine. "We appreciate it. It's what we do. We wouldn't do it if we didn't want to. We take great pride in defending this country. Thank you for your support."
Some other restaurants are also offering freebies and discounts to veterans as a way of saying thank you.
Veterans Day Freebies 2012 from eCoupons.com:
1. Applebees: Free Applebees Signature Entree on November 11.
2. Golden Corral: Free dinner between 4pm - 9pm. on November 12.
3. Hooters: 10 free boneless wings with the purchase of a drink on November
4. Olive Garden: Free entree on November 11.
5. On the Border: Free Entree Certificate valid up to $10, any day of the week, 11/12-11/30. 15% of the Purchase will be donated to Carry the Load.
6. Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin Onion appetizer and drink on November 11 and November 12.
7. Texas Roadhouse: Free entree off special 10-item menu between 11am - 2pm on November 12.
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