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Far from being just a day off for some of us, Veterans Day this coming Monday is a day that gets to the heart of what the U.S. is all about. The commitment to country that those honored on this national day of recognition to veterans and active military has not only made the American lifestyle possible, but has also been instrumental in building a foodservice industry that is alive and thriving.
As the microcosm of society that the restaurant business is, it also pays homage Monday to service women and men, by treating them and calling attention to their sacrifices to protect the freedoms Americans hold dear. And, for operators who served, like Your Pie's Tucker, Georgia franchisee, retired U.S. Air Force Air National Guard Major Terrence Griffin, the annual show of support on Veterans Day is extremely meaningful.
"I would like Americans to think about the families of members that have been deployed," Griffin said in response to a question about what he'd like to see on Veterans Day from this website. "Military members and their families need our support. If you are able, take the time to reach out to a family or deployed member through a supportive gesture, such as letter writing, kind words, or acts of service. This could make a huge impact on someone's life."
Over a 14-year period, Griffin served with both the 224th Joint Communication Support Squadron of the Air National Guard in Brunswick, Georgia, as well as at Reserve Headquarters in Warner Robins, Georgia. Now retired from the service, he is taking the skills he developed there, to make Your Pie better in and around his community.
But Your Pie is just one of the brands with special connections to Veterans Day. Many other quick-service and pizza brands are celebrating the day and dedicating free offerings to those who serve as a show of support. They include:
California Pizza Kitchen
All veterans or active military personnel in uniform or with a military ID can choose a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu. On Nov. 7, the brand is also hosting a nationwide fundraiser in partnership with Disabled American Veterans.
Active or retired service people with a military ID can partake in the pizza buffet at no cost Monday.
Veterans get a free doughnut of their choice (no purchase necessary), while the first 50 veterans and active military at participating Dunkin' restaurants Monday also will receive thank you cards, written by members of the non-profit military support organization called A Million Thanks.
Dunkin' customers can also add custom messages to digital cards on the brand's Instagram page Monday, with favorite messages to be selected for printing and mailing to active military members through A Million Thanks, which Dunkin' will donate $10,000 to this year. Finally, the brand is also highlighting retired U.S. Army Major and Dunkin' franchisee, George Hart, who is working to put a Dunkin' on every military base in the country.
Monday, all former and current military can get a free two-meat combo.
From Nov. 8 -11, all veterans and active military receive a free order of sweet cakes.
Little Caesars Pizza
Monday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., veterans and active military can get a free Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo at participating stores. Little Caesars President and CEO David Scrivano called the offerings "a small token of our appreciation for the time they've served on our behalf."
Monday all veterans and military personnel with military IDs, proof of service or in uniform can get six ounces of free frozen yogurt.
Free frozen yogurt for all active and retired military Monday at participating locations.
Rapid Fired Pizza
Veterans or active military with ID get a free dessert pizza with an entree purchase on Monday.
Veterans and active military with proof of service Monday can get a free breakfast or White Castle combo meal.
On Veterans Day, 11/11, Wienerschnitzel is offering veterans and active military with military ID or in uniform a free chili dog, small fry and a small drink.
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Award-winning veteran print and broadcast journalist, Shelly Whitehead, has spent most of the last 30 years reporting for TV and newspapers, including the former Kentucky and Cincinnati Post and a number of network news affiliates nationally. She brings her cumulative experience as a multimedia storyteller and video producer to the web-based pages of Pizzamarketplace.com and QSRweb.com after a lifelong “love affair” with reporting the stories behind the businesses that make our world go ‘round. Ms. Whitehead is driven to find and share news of the many professional passions people take to work with them every day in the pizza and quick-service restaurant industry. She is particularly interested in the growing role of sustainable agriculture and nutrition in food service worldwide and is always ready to move on great story ideas and news tips.