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Great Bend Applebees to serve free meals to service members on Veterans Day
Most thankful Applebees Neighborhood to host Gavin DeGraw concert
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In what has become an annual neighborhood tradition, Great Bend Applebee’s will again thank our nation’s veterans and active duty service members by inviting them to their neighborhood Applebee’s for a free meal on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11th.
For the fifth year, Applebee’s will salute our nation’s military by serving an estimated 1 million free meals, nationwide, on Veterans Day. Since Applebee’s first began thanking the military with a free meal, restaurants have served approximately 4 million veterans and active duty military members on their day of remembrance and respect.
“For the fifth straight year, Applebee’s is proud to say ‘Thank You’ to our veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day,” said Jim Stevens, Franchise Principal. “Each year, service members gather in our restaurants to share stories, meet up with old friends and make new ones. It’s our favorite day of the year, and it’s an honor to serve the people who make this a special tradition for us.”
Applebee’s is offering a Veterans Day menu including some of its signature and favorite items, including the:
* 7 oz. House Sirloin
* Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger
* Three-Cheese Chicken & Sundried Tomato Penne
* Fiesta Lime Chicken®
* Double Crunch Shrimp
* Chicken Tenders Platter
* Oriental Chicken Salad
Guests will need to provide proof of service, which includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214, Citation or Commendation.
Offer is valid for dine-in only. Traditional sides are included with free entrees; 2 for $20 appetizers, upgraded side items or extras, beverages, desserts and gratuity are not included. Applebee’s Thank You Meals will be offered during normal business hours on Monday, Nov. 11. Hours vary by location, so guests should call their local Applebee’s restaurant in advance to inquire about specific location hours. Applebee’s encourages Guests to call their local Applebee’s or visit for more information.
Applebee’s Thank You Movement
Additionally, Applebee’s has named multi-platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw the 2013 Voice of the Applebee’s Thank You Movement, the nation’s largest ongoing military appreciation effort, and announced plans for a concert featuring DeGraw in America’s “Most Thankful Neighborhood.”
Since creating the Thank You Movement in 2011 to collect messages of appreciation for each of the
24 million current and former members of our Armed Forces, Applebee’s has received more than 4.5 million personal Thank You messages through the Thank You Movement website:
This year, DeGraw, a platinum singer-songwriter, lends his song, “Soldier,” to national advertising in support of the Applebee’s Thank You Movement.
“I’m happy to be part of the Applebee’s Thank You Movement and extend my thanks to our service members for all they have done,” said Gavin DeGraw. “They are the definition of selflessness, dedication, devotion and sacrifice. Please join me in thanking our heroes by sending a ‘Thank You’ message.”
Visitors to the Thank You Movement website will be directed to their local Applebee’s Facebook page, where personal Thank You messages will be tallied by neighborhood and tracked in real time on the Thank You Movement website. On Veterans Day, the Applebee’s community with the most Thank You messages will be declared the Most Thankful Neighborhood and win a concert for veterans from Gavin DeGraw in their city. Guests can also submit Thank You messages by using the hashtag #ThankYouMovement on, @applebees on Twitter or on Instagram and YouTube.