With Veterans Day coming up, businesses across the Triangle are offering freebies and discounts as a way of saying thanks to our 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, Nov. 12, which is this year's 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.
Here's a round up of Veterans Day promotions:
*Carolina Auto Spa in Cary and Carolina Express Car Wash in Apex will provide free car washes to veterans and current military service personnel on Sunday and Monday. Washes will be given rain or shine. No proof of service is required. The Cary location is at 1370 NW Maynard Road and the Apex location is at 900 E. Williams St. Instead of a free wash, veterans may opt to apply the $15 wash value to any other service.
*Krispy Kreme shops are giving military folks a free doughnut and small coffee on Sunday, Nov. 11. No purchase required. No coupon needed. Veterans and active-duty military are eligible. Proof of military service is required.
*The Downtown Raleigh Alliance will be handing out free discount cards to veterans attending Saturday's Veterans Day Parade. Parade volunteers will hand out 1,500 ZSpot Cards, which may be used year-round for discounts at 50 businesses, most of them in 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 state Capitol.
*Sheetz convenience stores will be serving up a free hot dog lunch to veterans on Monday, Nov. 12. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., vets and active-duty personnel will receive two free hotdogs, choice of toppings and a 22-oz. fountain drink. Active duty or retired veterans must present a valid military identification card, be in uniform or show other proof of military service.
*Walgreens stores are offering veterans and active-duty military discounts of up to 20 percent off their purchases on Sunday, Nov. 11. Walgreens store-brand items will be discounted 20 percent while other merchandise will be 15 percent off. Tobacco, magazines, newspapers, gift cards, phone cards, dairy products, liquor department items, stamps and prescriptions and prescription co-pays are excluded from the offer. A valid military ID or proof of service must be shown.
*Sweet Tomatoes locations are offering veterans a free meal on Sunday and Monday with the purchase of a regularly priced meal. Military past and present must show proof of service or be in uniform.
*Golden Corral restaurants are offering a free dinner buffet and beverage to active-duty, retired military, veterans, National Guard and Reserves from 4 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12. No identification is required.
*Outback Steakhouse locations are offering veterans and military personnel a free Bloomin Onion and soda on Sunday or Monday. Proof of service is required. Military or veteran IDs, service documents or photographs are accepted. Or dress in uniform. Nov. 13 though the end of the year, veterans may also receive a 10 percent discount on their entire bill.
*Lone Star Steakhouse locations will give all veterans and active-duty military a free entree from a select menu on Monday, Nov. 12.
*Olive Garden restaurants are giving veterans and active-duty military free entrees on Sunday, Nov. 11, when ordering from a special menu. The choices are: Unlimited Soup, Salad & Breadsticks; Grilled Sausage and Peppers Rustica; Seafood Alfredo; Chicken Parmigiana; or Cheese Ravioli. Proof of service must be shown.
*At Red Lobster, veterans and active-duty personnel will be given a complimentary appetizer on Sunday, Nov. 11. Proof of service must be shown.
*LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants will give veterans and active-duty military a free Texas Tonion and a free non-alcoholic beverage on Sunday, Nov. 11. Proof of service must be shown.
*At Texas Steakhouse and Saloon, anyone with a valid military ID will receive a free meal on Monday, Nov. 12. 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 on Sunday, Nov. 11. The discount applies after coupons and loyalty card savings, and the offer excludes alcohol, tobacco, tickets and gift cards. A military ID must be shown.
*Food Lion stores are offering active and retired military personnel a 12 percent discount on their entire grocery bill on Sunday, Nov. 11. Military ID must be shown. Purchases of alcohol, tobacco, lottery, postage stamps and services are excluded.
*Lowes Home Improvement is offering a 10 percent discount to all veterans with proof of service, such as Form DD214, during the holiday weekend. Active-duty personnel, retired military and Veterans Administration recipients receive the discount year-round with proper identification.
*Home Depot locations are giving a 10 percent discount to all veterans with proof of service, such as Form DD214, during the holiday weekend. Active-duty military personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veteran with proper identification receive the discount year-round.