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Go Knoxville: Special deals for vets on Veterans Day


Active and retired military personnel are being honored during the week of Veterans Day with the following events.

In observation of Veterans Day, Oak Ridge Associated Universities Diversity Council is hosting the Veterans Appreciation Day program, “A Legacy: Honoring Our Veterans” at 11:30 p.m.,Thursday, Nov. 10. Eddie Mannis, founder of HonorAir Knoxville will serve as the keynote speaker. HonorAir takes World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans from East Tennessee to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their sacrifice, at no cost to the veteran. Nearly 3,000 East Tennessee veterans had made the trip to the nation’s capital as a result of the nonprofit organization and its volunteers. The free event will be held at ORAU Pollard Auditorium, 210 Badger Ave., Oak Ridge.

Cansler YMCA, 616 Jessamine St. will be hosting “Honor Our Heroes” health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. Wednesday, Nov. 9, including free haircuts by employees of Ross the Boss and blood pressure checks. Representatives from various military organizations will be on hand.

From 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, all participating International House of Pancakes will be offering veterans and active duty military a free order of buttermilk pancakes topped with glazed strawberries, blueberry compote and whipped topping. Proof of military service required. To find a location near you visit www.ihop.com.

Calhoun’s Restaurants will be offering a free meal to active duty and retired military from its standard menu beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. There are nine Calhoun’s Restaurants located throughout the area of Knoxville, Lenoir City, Oak Ridge, Maryville, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge. Proof of service is required. To find a location near you visit www.Calhouns.com.

A complimentary Krystal sausage biscuit will be offered to all active duty and retired military from 6-11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day at all participating Krystal restaurants. The offer is available for drive-thru or dine in customers with a military identification. To find a location near you visit www.krystal.com.

Golden Corral will be offering a free beverage and dinner buffet from 5-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, to all active and retired military personnel. No identification is required. Visit www.goldencorral.com to find a location near you.

Mimi’s Café will provide a free entrée for veterans and active-duty personnel from a special all-day Veterans Day menu on Friday, Nov. 11. The special guests will be able to choose from grilled chicken and French frites; chicken chop salad; brioche cheeseburger or farmhouse tacos. The offer is for dine-in customers only. On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12-13, veterans and active-duty personnel will be offered a breakfast, lunch or dinner entrée from a special menu at the price of $5.99 with the purchase of any non-alcoholic beverage. Proof of military service is required.

Back Yard Burgers will be giving a free Back Yard Classic Burger to all active duty military and veterans who have valid identification or are dressed in uniform. In addition the company offers a 20 percent discount to all service men and women year-round. To find a location near you visit www.backyardburgers.com

Echo Bistro and Wine Bar, 5803 Kingston Pike will be hosting a free dinner for veterans Nov. 8-10. Reservations required by calling 865-602-2090.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 11483 Parkside Drive, will offer a free meal (up to a $10 value) to past and present military personnel from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, including those in the National Guard and reserves. For more information call 865-675-8227.

Mimi’s Cafe, 10945 Parkside Drive, will provide active duty military and veterans a choice of a free breakfast, lunch or dinner on Friday, Nov. 11. On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12-13, the restaurant will provide a special Veterans Day menu with a discount price of $5.99 with the purchase of any non-alcoholic beverage. Proof of military service is required and is available for dine-in customers only.

Olive Garden restaurants will offer all veterans and active duty military a free entrée from a special menu on Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The special menu features six entrées from which to choose. Entrees are served with unlimited homemade soup or salad and warm garlic breadsticks. Military identification is required. Visit www.olivegarden.com for a location near you.

LongHorn Steakhouse will offer a free appetizer or dessert on Nov. 11, Veterans Day to anyone with proof military service. Guests dining with veterans will receive a 10 percent discount on their purchases. Military identification is required. Find a location near you by visiting www.longhornsteakhouse.com

Shoney’s will be providing all veterans and active duty military a free All-American hamburger on Friday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. There is a limit of one burger per person and the offer is not valid in conjunction with other offers. The offer is for dine-in guests only with military identification. Beverage, tax and gratuity are not included in this offer. Visit www.shoneys.com to find a location near you.

Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House, 3725 Maryville Pike, and Sweet P’s Downtown Dive, 410 W. Jackson Avenue, will be offering a free barbecue platter to all past and current service members on Friday, Nov. 11. In addition, a portion of proceeds from Nov. 11 will be donated to the local Wreaths Across America campaign.

Great Clips will be giving every customer that has their haircut on Nov. 11 a coupon for a free haircut which can be redeemed by active, inactive or retired military members including the National Guard. The service member will have until Dec. 31 to redeem the coupon and proof of military service is required.

American Family Care (AFC) will be giving free flu shots to military veterans on Friday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. To find a location near you visit www.AFCUrgentCare.com.

With the purchase of a theater ticket Carmike Cinemas nationwide will be offering a free small popcorn to those with a military identification on Friday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. In addition, the first 100 customers to purchase a ticket to view Hacksaw Ridge will receive an American Flag lapel pin. Find a location near you at www.carmike.com

On Friday, Nov. 11, Pilot Flying J will donate a portion of its sales of the 20-and-24-ounce PhilMor travel coffee refills to Wreaths Across America. The proceeds, capped at $25,000, will go toward the sponsoring of a special section of the Arlington National Cemetery during the Dec. 17 National Wreaths Across America Day.

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