Although, my grandfather died back in 1988 and can’t enjoy all of the Veteran’s Day freebies for veterans in today’s world, I still love to reshare this 1945 newpaper article about my grandfather, Melvin Synovec.
Since the aged article is hard to read, here is the context:
St. Sgt. Melvin Synovec, writing to his sister, Mrs. Anton Kouba, tells of life in a German army camp near the Danube river in Austria. He describes the scenary as very beautiful, but says the Willow Creek is good enough for him.
He also enclosed two papers, one which awarded him the Bronze Star for meritorious service in connection with military operations against the enemy on April 1.
The other paper was the citation and read as follows:
Staff Sergeant Melvin C. Synovec: For meritorious service in connection with military operations against an armed enemy.
On April 1, 1945, while serving as platoon leader for his unit near Nust, Germany, Sergeant Synovec’s platoon was point platoon in the advance guard. Small arms, mortar, bazooka and other enemy fire had made reconnaissance impossible.
Sergeant Synovec possessed the only map in his platoon, but with clarity of orders and exceptional alertness, he was able direct his platoon by radio over the intricate road nets.
Sergeant Synovec’s complete devotion to duty materially contributed to the success of the advance. His conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army.
Sergeant Synovec entered the military service from Nebraska.
H. E. DAGER,
Brigadier General, U. S. A.
Sgt. Synovec went overseas in September, 1944, and as a member of a tank battalion in the 11th Armored Division, was in some of the bitterest fighting in Germany. He entered service in June, 1941, before Pearl Harbor.
His wife, the former Betty Holmes lives at Foster, where Carolyn Jeanne, the baby daughter born April 22 awaits to welcome the daddy she has never seen and whom she strongly resembles.
He is the son of Mrs. Rose Synovec who lives at Norfolk.
Veteran’s Day Freebies For Veterans And Active Military
Veterans Day, observed on November 11th each year, is a special day dedicated to honoring and expressing gratitude to the brave men and women who have served and still service in the United States Armed Forces. It’s a time when the nation comes together to salute their sacrifices and commitment to preserving our freedom and safety. One way businesses show their appreciation is by offering freebies and discounts to veterans and active military personnel. Below we’ll explore some of the restaurants and stores that generously provide free meals and other goodies to veterans and active military members on Veteran’s Day.
16 Restaurants Offering Free Meals To Veterans
As Veterans Day approaches, one heartwarming tradition continues to gain momentum – restaurants across the nation opening their doors to veterans and active military personnel to express their gratitude through complimentary meals and special discounts.
- Applebee’s: Applebee’s is well-known for its Veterans Day promotion. On November 11th, veterans and active-duty military personnel can enjoy a free meal from a special Veterans Day menu. The menu typically includes a selection of delicious options to choose from.
- Denny’s: Denny’s offers a complimentary “Build Your Own Grand Slam” breakfast for veterans and active military members. Available on Veteran’s Day from 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM at participating locations, this hearty breakfast includes a variety of customizable options.
- Hooters: Hooters is another restaurant that honors veterans and active military personnel on Veterans Day. They often provide a free meal from a special Veterans Day menu, along with a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage. Hooters is known for its fun and casual atmosphere, making it a great place to celebrate.
- Hy-Vee: Hy-Vee, a supermarket chain with dining options, often provides free breakfasts to veterans and active military members on Veterans Day. The meal typically includes items like scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and pancakes.
- IHOP: The International House of Pancakes, usually offers veterans and active-duty military members a free stack of Red, White & Blue Pancakes or a similar special menu item on Veterans Day. It’s a delicious way to start the day!
- IKEA: IKEA, the popular Swedish furniture store, sometimes offers free meals (with a valid ID) to veterans and active military personnel on Veterans Day. Check with your local IKEA store for details and participation.
- Little Caesars: Little Caesars offers a free Lunch Combo to veterans and active military personnel on Veterans Day. Specific offers and times available may vary by location, so it’s a good idea to check with your local Little Caesars for details.
- Old Chicago: Old Chicago, a casual dining restaurant known for its pizza and craft beer selection offers veterans and active-duty military a complimentary lunch entree from their exclusive menu.
- Olive Garden: Olive Garden traditionally serves up a free entrée from a special menu to veterans and active-duty military on Veterans Day. Their menu often features Italian classics that are sure to delight the taste buds.
- Outback Steakhouse: Outback Steakhouse is known for its flavorful steaks and Australian-inspired cuisine is offering a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage with the purchase of an adult entree. Offer is valid in-house only.
- Perkins: Perkins, a family-friendly restaurant chain, is offering free Magnificent Seven Meals to veterans and active military personnel on Veterans Day with a valid ID.
- Red Lobster: Red Lobster is offering free printed meal vouchers for Shrimp & Chips to veterans, active military members, and reservists on Veterans Day. This seafood restaurant provides a wide range of choices for those who have served our country.
- Red Robin: Red Robin, famous for its gourmet burgers and bottomless fries offer complimentary Red’s Big Tavern Burger to veterans and active military personnel on Veterans Day with a valid ID. Offer is valid for dine-in only and is not available for online or to-go orders.
- Starbucks: Starbucks is known for showing appreciation to veterans and active military personnel by offering free tall hot or cold brewed coffee on Veterans Day. This is a thoughtful gesture for those who enjoy a caffeine boost.
- Texas Roadhouse: Veterans and active military personnel can savor a free lunch at Texas Roadhouse on Veterans Day. The offer typically includes a choice of entrees and sides, all served with the restaurant’s famous rolls and honey cinnamon butter.
- Wendy’s: Active-duty military and veterans who show a valid ID on Veteran’s Day will get a free breakfast combo at participating Wendy’s locations during breakfast hours.
Veterans Day is a meaningful occasion to honor and give back to those who have served our country. Many restaurants and retailers across the United States generously offer free meals, discounts, and other freebies to veterans and active military personnel as a token of their gratitude. Whether you’re a veteran or simply want to show your appreciation, taking advantage of these offers on November 11th is a wonderful way to say thank you to our heroes for their dedication and sacrifices. Remember to check with specific locations for participation and details, as offers may vary by location.
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