BAKERSFIELD - Military men and women around Kern County are getting the red carpet treatment this veteran’s day. The events planned are just some of the ways area businesses are showing their gratitude.
Several business leaders are working together, offering special deals for our local heroes. They are saluting the service and dedication these men and women have given to our country.
Marine veteran Todd Crenshaw will never forget his time in the military and neither will his family, friends and neighbors.
“It was very interesting. I did a lot of traveling. I’ve seen a lot of the world. I was born and raised in Oklahoma so it was quite a really interesting experience for me,” he said.
Crenshaw is enjoying a free meal with his family at one of the many restaurants around kern county giving thanks to our military heroes.
“I know that it’s a struggle, they don’t. Once they are out of uniform, no one really knows how hard they fought and they are under appreciated so, yeah this is a way to acknowledge them,” said Christina Johnson, general manager of California Pizza Kitchen.
Business owners are not just saying “Thank you,” to military personnel – they are also providing veterans some financial relief.
“They are giving away free car washes to all vets. So, I thought I would take the opportunity to come out and get a free car wash,” said veteran, Scott Kring.
The free full-service car wash is available to all veterans and active personnel. Owners say they appreciate everything service men and woman do every day to keep our country safe.
“It’s a very special day, it’s been going on for a few years now and i believe it will still go on,” said Rene Reyes, who works at Sparkling Image.
Another tradition is the annual veteran’s day parade. Many people are expected to line up throughout downtown Bakersfield to honor area veterans.
“Everything that someone does on a day to day basis and gets to choose everyday is because of the veterans and it’s very important to me and my family,” said Crenshaw.
The Veterans Day parade is expected to start at 10 a.m. Monday on 21st and L Street.
Meanwhile, veterans can enjoy a free meal Sunday and Monday at participating restaurants. Here is a list:
1. Applebees: Free Applebees Signature Entree on November 11.
2. California Pizza Kitchen: Free pizza and drink on November 11 and 12.
3. Champps Americana Restaurant Free Cheeseburger and Fries on November 12.
4. Friendly's: Free Breakfast and Coffee on November 12.
5. Golden Corral: Free dinner between 4pm - 9pm. on November 12.
6. Hooters: 10 free boneless wings with the purchase of a drink on November 12.
7. Ikea: Eat for Free November 10-12 with purchase over $100.
8. Olive Garden: Free entree on November 11.
9. On the Border: Free Entree Certificate valid up to $10, any day of the week, 11/12-11/30. 15% of the Purchase will be donated to Carry the Load.
10. Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin Onion appetizer and drink on November 11 and November 12.
11. Sizzler: Free Lunch on November 12. Choose from 6 oz. steak, Malibu Chicken, or Half Dozen Fried Shrimp.
12. UNO: Free entree or individual pizza with an entree or pizza of equal or greater value on November 11 and November 12.
Printable Coupons for these offers can be found at www.VeteransDayFreebies.com
More Veterans Day Sales and Deals can be found at www.eCoupons.com