A number of businesses sought to honor veterans by offering a variety of items free of charge on Friday, Veterans Day.
Chimirri's on the Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield said it would offer free coffee and slices of its new Italian Mascarpone Cake and Hartford Cream Pie to vets and active military service members. It's happening from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
"A lot of them sit down, they have coffee, they talk to each other, which is pretty cool," Guy Chimirri, owner. "It's about honoring them."
In New Britain, the Stanley Golf Course will be honoring vets with a "free greens fee." Mayor Eric Stewart and other city officials said all military personnel and veterans will receive a free greens fee when they show their veteran ID, or similar proof, at the golf course.
"Our veterans have contributed and done so much for all of us and this is just our small way of saying thank you for their sacrifice," Stewart said.
Jim Brennan, an Army veteran, enjoyed a game with fellow vets.
"Veterans should be remembered on a day like this because of the sacrifice veterans have made from the time this country was founded," he told Eyewitness news.
Learn more on the golf course's website here.
Other businesses offering freebies to veterans or active service members who show military IDs include: Applebee's - A choice between one of seven entrees including butcher's meat and potatoes, oriental chicken salad, fiesta lime chicken, chicken tenders platter, double crunch shrimp, three-cheese chicken penne and American standard all-in burger. Buffalo Wild Wings - Free small order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries. Chili's - Free meal from a special menu. Chipotle - Buy one get one free burrito, bowl, salad or tacos for military service members, spouses and vets from 3 p.m. to close. Connecticut Science Center - Free admission for vets. Cracker Barrel - Free slice of double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake. Denny's - Free build-your-own Grand Slam from 5 a.m. to noon. IHOP - Free red, white and blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Little Caesars - Free hot-n-ready lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. LongHorn Steakhouse - A free appetizer or dessert and 10 percent off for guests who dine with the vet. Olive Garden - Free entree from a special menu. Meals include unlimited homemade soup, house salad and garlic breadsticks. Outback Steakhouse - Free Bloomin' Onion and beverage, 15 percent off for vets' families Nov. 12 - Dec. 31. Red Lobster - Free appetizer or dessert Red Robin - Free tavern double burger with bottomless steak fries. The restaurant is also donating $10,000 to the United Service Organizations, which provides help to service members and their families worldwide. Ruby Tuesday - Free appetizer up to $10. Russell Speeder's - Free car washes for veterans. Sport Clips Plaza at Buckland Hills - Free haircuts to all veterans, active and non-active. Wayback Burgers - Free Wayback classic cheese burger to active and former military personnelSome medical practices are also offering free flu shots for veterans.
Dr. Iftikhar Ali, medical director of AFC Urgent Care, said his practices will be giving the shots to retired members of the military from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at his locations on East Main Street in New Britain, Boulevard in West Hartford and two Danbury locations on Main Street and Mill Plain Road.
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