In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the day should be "filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory". There were plans for parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business activities at 11am.
In 1926, the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I and declared that the anniversary of the armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving. The Congress also requested that the president should "issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples."
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) was approved on May 13, 1938, which made November 11 in each year a legal holiday, known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I. A few years later, World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States and the American forces fought in Korea. In 1954, the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word "Armistice" to "Veterans". Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served.
In 1968 the Uniforms Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) made an attempt to move Veterans Day to the fourth Monday of October. The bill took effect in 1971. However, this caused a lot of confusion as many states disagreed with this decision and continued to hold Veterans Day activities on November 11. In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which stated that Veterans Day would again be observed on November 11 from 1978 onwards. Veterans Day is still observed on November 11.
Friendly’s -- Friendly’s is treating veterans and active military to a free breakfast, lunch or dinner from a limited menu on Veterans Day,November 11.
Golden Corral -- Golden Corral Restaurants' Military Appreciation Night free dinner will be available on November 11, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.
*NEW* Gordon Biersch -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a free appetizer on November 11.
Hooters -- Veterans and active duty military get a free meal from a select menu at participating locations on November 11.
IHOP-- On November 11, participating IHOP Restaurants offer veterans and active duty military free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
*NEW* IKEA -- Veterans get a free entrée from November 8 through 11.
*NEW* Johnny Carino’s -- Veterans and active duty military get a free meal with their choice of unlimited soup or salad from a Veterans Day Menu on November 11.
Krystal -- Active and retired military receive a free Krystal Chicken or Sausage Biscuit from 6 AM to 11:00 AM on November 11.
Little Caesars -- Veterans and active military members receive a free $5 Lunch Combo from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. on November 11.
*NEW* Logan’s Roadhouse -- In addition to the 10% military discount offered every day, military and former military guests will also receive a free dessert on November 11.
Max & Erma's – On November 11, participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering veterans and active military personnel a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo meal.
Menchie's -- All active and retired military personnel will receive a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt on November 11.
Mission BBQ -- Veterans and active duty military get a free sandwich and a slice of cake on November 11.
O’Charley’s – Veterans and active duty service members get a free $9.99 meal on November 9, as well as free pie on November 11.
*NEW* Olive Garden – On November 11, all veterans and current service members get a free meal from a limited menu. Family members dining with them enjoy 10% off of their meals.
On the Border -- Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free meal from the “Create Your Own Combo menu” on November 11.
Orange Leaf -- Veterans and active duty military get a free cup of froyo on November 11.
Outback Steakhouse – All active and former service members receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage on November 11. Outback is also offering active and former service members 15% off their meals Nov. 12 through Dec. 31.
*NEW* Pizza Schmizza -- Veterans and active duty service members get a free slice of pizza on November 11, between 1 and 4 p.m.
Ponderosa Steakhouse -- Active duty and retired military get a free buffet on November 11, 4 pm to close.
Red Hot & Blue -- Veterans receive a free entrée with the purchase of a second entrée on November 9, 10 and 11. Coupon required.
*NEW* Red Lobster -- Veterans, reserve and active-duty military personnel receive a free appetizer or dessert from a limited menu from November 9 through November 12.
*NEW* Red Robin – Veterans and active duty military get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries onNovember 11.
Rock and Brews -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a side choice throughout the day on November 11.
Ruby Tuesday -- Veterans, active duty and reserve service members get a free appetizer on November 11.
Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill -- Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill is offering the choice between complimentary hummus served with grilled herb flatbread or garlic cheese bread on November 11.
Shoney's -- Shoney's will offer a free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty service members on November 11.
Sizzler -- Sizzler offers active duty and veteran military members a free lunch and beverage from a limited menu on November 11 until 4 p.m.
Spaghetti Warehouse -- From November 9 through November 11buy one entrée and get the second entrée free. Coupon required.
Sticky Fingers -- Veterans, active, inactive or retired servicemen and servicewomen get a free entrée up to a $12.99 value on November 11. In addition to the free meal, veterans who dine-in get a coupon valued at $10 to be used on their next visit.
Texas Roadhouse -- Texas Roadhouse locations nationwide will offer veterans a free lunch on November 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Offer is good for active duty, retired or former U.S. military.
TGIFridays -- Veterans and active duty military get a free lunch from a select menu on November 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Uno Pizzeria & Grill – Veterans and active military get a free entrée or individual pizza with an entrée or pizza purchase of equal or greater value on November 11.
Village Inn -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a free breakfast on November 11 from a select menu at participating locations. Village Inn is also providing a “Thank you For Your Service Card valid for 20% off on the next visit.
Wienerschnitzel -- Veterans and active duty military receive a free Chili Dog and a small Pepsi on November 11.
World of Beer – All veterans and current service members receive a free select draught beer on November 11.