With Veterans Day coming up, businesses across the Triangle are offering freebies and discounts as a way of saying thanks to veterans and active-duty military.
Take note: Many of the deals are valid on Sunday, Nov. 11, the traditional date for the holiday, while others are good on Monday, this years official holiday.
Grocery and drugstore discounts, restaurant freebies, discounts on home improvement supplies, free car washes and even free Krispy Kreme doughnuts are among the offers.
Heres a roundup of Veterans Day promotions:
• Carolina Auto Spa in Cary and Carolina Express Car Wash in Apex will provide free car washes or $15 off any other service to veterans and current military service personnel on Sunday and Monday. Washes are given rain or shine. No proof of service is required. The Cary location is at 1370 N.W. Maynard Road, and the Apex location is at 900 E. Williams St.
• Krispy Kreme shops are giving military folks a free doughnut and small coffee on Sunday. Veterans and active-duty military are eligible. Proof of military service is required, or come in uniform.
• The Downtown Raleigh Alliance will hand out free discount cards to veterans attending Saturdays Veterans Day Parade. Volunteers will hand out 1,500 ZSpot Cards, which may be used all year for discounts at 50 businesses, most of them downtown. The volunteers will give them to those in uniform or wearing hats or pins identifying them as veterans. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the south end of Fayetteville Street and proceed north to the Capitol.
• Sheetz convenience stores will serve up a free hot dog lunch to veterans on Monday. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., vets and active-duty personnel will receive two free hot dogs and a 22-oz. fountain drink. Active duty or retired veterans must present a valid military ID card, be in uniform or show other proof of service.
• Walgreens stores are offering veterans and active-duty military discounts of up to 20 percent off their purchases on Sunday. Walgreens store-brand items will be discounted 20 percent while other merchandise will be 15 percent off. Some items are excluded. A valid military ID or proof of service is required.
• Outback Steakhouse restaurants are offering veterans and military personnel a free Bloomin Onion and soda on Sunday or Monday. Proof of service is required. From Tuesday through the end of the year, veterans will receive a 10 percent discount on their bill.
• Lone Star Steakhouse restaurants will give all veterans and active-duty military a free entree from a select menu on Monday.
• Olive Garden restaurants are giving veterans and active-duty military free entrees on Sunday, when ordering from a special menu. Proof of service is required.
• At Red Lobster, veterans and active-duty personnel will receive a complimentary appetizer on Sunday. Proof of service is required.
• LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants will give veterans and active-duty military a free Texas Tonion and a free nonalcoholic beverage on Sunday. Proof of service is required.
• At Texas Steakhouse and Saloon, anyone with a valid military ID will receive a free meal on Monday. In addition, up to five friends and family members will receive a 10 percent discount when dining with military members.
• Harris Teeter is offering active-duty military personnel and veterans an 11 percent discount on their purchases Sunday. The discount applies after coupons and loyalty card savings, and the offer excludes alcohol, tobacco, tickets and gift cards. A military ID is required.
• Food Lion stores are offering active and retired military personnel a 12 percent discount on their entire grocery bill on Sunday. Military ID is required. Alcohol, tobacco, lottery, postage stamps and services excluded.
• Lowes Home Improvement is offering a 10 percent discount to all veterans with proof of service during the holiday weekend. Active-duty personnel, retired military and Veterans Affairs benefits recipients receive the discount all year with proper identification.
• Home Depot stores are giving a 10 percent discount to veterans with proof of service during the holiday weekend. Active-duty military personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans with proper identification receive the discount all year.