If an army moves on its stomach, then local and national restaurants and retailers are definitely helping to fuel military forces this Veterans Day holiday.
Free and discounted meals and services will be offered at dozens of national chains, many with outlets in North Central Washington. Proof of military service will likely be required, and vets and active service members should call ahead just to make sure the deals are indeed being offered.
Also note that certain deals may be available only on certain days during the holiday weekend.
Kicking off a holiday smorgasbord of free meals for vets is the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center's Veterans Appreciation Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. Pancakes, eggs and ham will be served at the museum, 127 S. Mission St. Free to vets; others by donation.
Veterans are also invited to a hot breakfast 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday at the American Legion, 204 N. Wenatchee Ave.
A sampling of other local meals and deals, as listed by themilitarywallet.com and local sources:
7-Eleven (Sunday) -- Free small Slurpee from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Applebee's (Sunday) -- Free entrees from a special menu of seven items.
Big Lots (Saturday) -- A 10 percent discount on all in-store purchases.
Denny's (Monday) -- Free all-you-can-eat pancakes from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Home Depot (daily all year) -- A 10 percent discount on most in-store purchases.
Lowe's (Friday through Sunday) -- A 10 percent discount on all in-store purchases.
National Parks (Saturday through Monday) -- Fee free weekend for everyone in honor of vets.
Olive Garden (Sunday) -- Free entrees from special menu.
Red Robin (Monday) -- Free Red Tavern's Double Burger and bottomless steak fries.
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