By Kelsie Patrick
Lansing Township News
LANSING TOWNSHIP– Many local restaurants and retailers honored those who have served in the military on Tuesday by offering free food and other deals for Veterans Day.
Veterans Day is a public holiday held on the anniversary of the end of World War I to honor US veterans and victims of all wars.
Some local restaurant specials included Burger King’s statewide offer of a free breakfast combo. This combo included any breakfast sandwich, a hash brown and a drink.
“I had about 15-25 veterans come in today,” said Saginaw St. Burger King employee Michelle Jarrell. “We had a lot better of a turnout this year compared to last, I think it was because we advertised more.”
Texas Roadhouse located on Edgewood Blvd. had a special where veterans were able to choose from 10 free entrees at lunch, including six-ounce sirloin steaks.
Red Lobster offered a free appetizer from a selected list to any customer who showed proof of military service or their ID.
Massage Envy locations offered free one-hour massages to veterans, active military members and their spouses.
Applebee’s also offered free meals across Michigan to military veterans and active-duty service members.
“I think we’ve had a great turnout,” Hilary Hillarifortino, a cook at the Coolidge Road Applebee’s, said at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. “We’re still very steady and the special runs all day.”
Other veteran specials that were offered can be found on the 2014 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts page.
Also in honor of Veterans Day, the Veterans Commission of Lansing held a ceremony at Pattengill Academy on Marshall Street on Nov. 8.
The event included a benefit breakfast for the VFW National Children’s Home, a ceremony dedicated to all of those who served with keynote speaker Brig. Gen. (ret.) Michael McDaniel, recognition of soldiers who are currently serving us at home and concluded with musical performances by the Eastern High School band, Glen Erin Pipe band and a vocal performance by Capitol Choir.
“It’s great to see how the community appreciates us, even if it’s just one day a year,” said World War II veteran Bill Schrimsher while enjoying a free meal with his family at Applebee’s.