This weekend marks the observance of Veterans Day, and some cities across the country are honoring America's servicemembers in a variety of ways. Private businesses are also getting in on the action, with many of the country's biggest chains offering veterans free food during the entire three day weekend, USA Today reports.
The participating restaurants cover a wide swath of food providers. For instance, on Monday, family breakfast staple Denny's is offering veterans all-you-can-eat pancakes, while Krispy Kreme is giving out free doughnuts and a small coffee to vets on Sunday.
The benefits extend beyond breakfast, of course. Sit-down dining establishments are participating as well, with TGI Fridays offering vets a free lunch on Monday and other establishments such as Applebee's and Chili's doing the same on Sunday.
"It's good food meets goodwill," PR expert Derek Farley told the publication. "There are 24 million veterans and troops, and they all remember who feeds them for free on their day of respect."
Veterans Day is officially recognized on November 11, which falls on Sunday this year, but many organizations are marking the occasion in a number of different ways. For instance, the NCAA college basketball season kicks off on Friday night from Germany's Ramstein Air Force Base.