We Chicks are eternally grateful to the men and women who have risked their lives to preserve and protect our freedom.
We honor you today and every day. Thank you for your service. We're forever grateful.
A handful of businesses are also honoring our nation's veterans today by offering some awesome, well-deserved freebies.
Applebee's: Vets and active-duty military can have their pick from a special menu with options like three-cheese chicken penne, 7-oz. sirloin, and double crunch shrimp, free of charge (beverage and gratuity are not included).
Bob Evans: Hotcakes, brioche French toast, and the country biscuit breakfast are among the options available to veterans and active-duty military in a special free menu.
Bonefish Grill: Customers with military ID get a free order of Bang Bang Shrimp on Veterans Day.
California Pizza Kitchen: A special Veterans Day menu that includes pizza, salad, and pasta is free for vets and active-duty personnel.
Cracker Barrel: Grab a free dessert-the Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake-if you're a veteran.
Denny's: From 5 a.m. to noon, all veterans and active-duty personnel get a Build Your Own Grand Slam meal, with possibilities including pancakes, eggs, bacon, fruit, and hash browns.
Friendly's: Participating locations are giving veterans and active military a free Big-Two-Do combo meal for breakfast, or free All American Burger with fries and a drink for lunch or dinner.
Hooters: All veterans and active-duty military personnel get an entree on the house.
Hurricane Grill & Wings: All veterans and active military get a free meal from a special menu, as well as a non-alcoholic beverage.
IHOP: From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., all veterans and active-duty military members are welcomed to one order apiece of Red, White & Blue Pancakes, which come with glazed strawberries (red), blueberry compote (blue), and whipped cream (white.)
IKEA: From November 8 to 11, show military ID in an IKEA cafeteria for a free entree (value up to $9.99).
LongHorn Steakhouse: Show military ID and get a free Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcoholic beverage.
McCormick & Schmicks: This seafood and steak chain is honoring veterans and active military not on Veterans Day but on Sunday, November 8, with a choice of free entrees including tender beef medallions, salmon rigatoni, or blackened chicken fettuccine.
Olive Garden: Customers with military ID get a free entree such as chicken parmigiana, lasagna, or cheese ravioli, with unlimited soup or salad and breadsticks, and family members joining a veteran or active military member at the table get 10% off on Veterans Day.
Outback Steakhouse: Customers with military ID get a free Blooming Onion appetizer and free beverages on November 11, and all military and their families get 15% off the bill anytime from November 12 to December 31.
Peet's Coffee: Complimentary drip coffee or tea is available to all vets and active-duty military on Wednesday.
Red Lobster: From November 9 to 12, veterans and active military receive a complimentary appetizer or dessert.
Red Robin: Help yourself to a Red's Tavern Double burger and bottomless steak fries if you're a veteran or active-duty personnel.
White Castle: Get a free breakfast slider and a small coffee or other drink if you're a veteran or active-duty military.
World of Beer: Show an ID card with proof of service and you're welcomed to pick a free draught beer in this craft beer haven, with locations in 21 states.