GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Businesses in town are celebrating the sacrifices and service of military veterans by offering some nice perks in honor of Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
See below for the list of discounts and freebies. It's suggested you call ahead to verify participation as some of the businesses are franchises and may have different policies.
Bring proof of military service to receive the following benefits:
• Arby's - Free Classic Roast Beef sandwich for veterans and active duty military on Sunday, Nov. 11. For more information, call 970-245-2907.
• Avalon free movie - The historic Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St., is offering, to area military veterans, free admission to the movies on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11. The movie is "Arbitrage," starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon. Showtimes are 3:30 and 5:40 p.m. Admission for the general public is $5.
• Applebee's - Free meal from select menu on Sunday, Nov. 11. For more information, call 970-256-0022.
• Boston's - Free individual pizza from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. For more information, call 970-256-7654.
• Cabela's - Active duty military, veterans, retirees, law enforcement/EMS will get a discount ranging from 5-20% off purchases depending on the items. For more information, call 970-683-5000.
• Chili's - Free meal from select menu on Sunday, Nov. 11. Beverages and gratuity not included. For more information, call 970-257-1800.
• Denny's - Free all-you-can-eat pancakes Monday, Nov. 12, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a valid military ID.
• Famous Dave's - All military personnel and veterans will get a 15% discount off their meal Sunday, Nov. 11. For more information, call 970-245-8227.
• Foot Locker - Active duty and veterans receive a 20% discount on Sunday, Nov. 11. For more information, call 970-241-0263.
• Fruita Community Center - Active duty and veterans will get in free to the facility on Sunday, Nov. 11. The center is located at 324 N. Coulson, and boasts the coolest indoor pool, basketball courts and workout and fitness area. For more information, call 970-858-0360.
• Golden Corral - Free meal Monday, Nov. 12, from 4 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 970-241-7004.
• Hooters - 10 free wings, boneless or traditional with a drink purchase on Sunday, Nov. 11. For more information, call 970-242-2143.
• Jo Ann Fabrics - Active duty military, veterans and dependents will get 20% off purchases Nov. 8-12. For more information, call 970-241-8617.
• Kmart - Active duty and veterans receive at 10% discount on purchases on Sunday, Nov. 11. For more information, call 970-243-6250.
• Little Caesars - Past and present military personnel will get a free Crazy Bread on Monday, Nov. 12. Call ahead to make sure franchisee is participating.
• Olive Garden - Free meal for veterans from a select menu (excludes drinks) on Sunday, Nov. 11. It includes a $10 coupon for return visit before January. For more information, call 970-243-7355.
• Outback Steakhouse - Free Bloomin' Onions and Cokes Nov. 7-Nov. 12. ALSO, through December, Outback is offering 10% on any menu items to active duty military and veterans. For more information, call 970-257-7550.
• Red Lobster - Free appetizer from a choice of nine options on Sunday, Nov. 11. For more information, call 970-242-2050.
• Texas Roadhouse - Free meal from select menu, Nov. 11-12. Call one hour ahead for seating at 970-243-5700.
• Home Depot - All active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families get a 10% discount off purchases in honor of Veterans Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200. The 10% discount is available every day for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. For more information, call 970-244-8577
• Lowe's: All active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members will receive a 10% discount on in-store purchases made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available Veterans Day weekend. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Lowe's offers this discount daily to active duty military members, but not to veterans. For more information, call 970-683-4760
• Fee Free Day at National Parks - Areas managed by the National Park Service will not charge entrance fees for Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 10-12.
• Free Hugo® Canes for veterans - Sam's Club locations nationwide will distribute Hugo canes free of charge on Veterans Day weekend to U.S. military veterans in need of mobility assistance. Limited quantities available, while supplies last. Sam's Club Membership is not required, but proof of military service is. For more information, call 970-254-2875.
(Note to all the civilians out there: Don't forget to hug a veteran, call a veteran, visit a veteran and/or thank a veteran on Sunday, Nov. 11.)