A Veteran's Day ceremony at Sherrill Park in Corpus Christi on November 11, 2004.

Many restaurants and businesses in the area offer free meals or discounts on Veterans Day as a token of appreciation for military personnel and veterans. Here is a list of the locations where these deals will be available in the Corpus Christi area in 2020.

Free meals for veterans and other military personnel

Applebee’s will offer free entry from a select menu to all veterans and active military personnel on Wednesday November 11th. Dinner and proof of military service only required. The locations are 6691 S. Padre Island Drive in Corpus Christi and 1820 US Highway 181 in Portland. Information: 361-906-1999 (Corpus Christi) and 361-643-2489 (Portland) or https://www.applebees.com/de/veterans-day-free-meals.

BJ’s brewhouse, 5037 S. Padre Island Dr., is offering a free main course up to $ 14.95 and a free Dr Pepper drink to all current and former military personnel on Wednesday November 11th. Offer is for dinner only and requires valid military identification. Information: https://www.bjsrestaurants.com/VeteransDay.

Bubbas 33, 1921 S. Padre Island Drive, is offering all veterans (active, retired, and ex-US military personnel) a complimentary meal from a selected menu of military or VA card or discharge papers from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11th . If you have concerns about COVID-19, you can also get a voucher for a free meal to use on another visit. Information: 361-806-2933.

chili On Wednesday November 11th, all veterans and active service members will be offered a free meal from a select menu. Dinner only. Locations are 5542 S. Padre Island Drive, 4120 US Hwy. 77 (Calallen) and 2010 Hwy. 181 North, Portland. Information: https://www.chilis.com/restaurant-events/veterans-day.

Cici’s pizza A free adult buffet will be offered to active military and veterans with proper ID on Wednesday, November 11th. The voucher found online must be presented together with the identity card. For dinner only. Corpus Christi locations are 1502 Airline Road, 4918 Ayers St. and 4101 IH 69 Access Road. Information and voucher: https://www.cicis.com/offers/

Grub Burger Bar, 4902 South Staples St. offers free entry to all active, inactive, and retired military personnel (excluding Wagyu patties) on Wednesday November 11th. Dinner only. You will need to provide proof of service or a military ID. Veterans and military personnel also receive a 10 percent discount on all year-round purchases with valid ID or uniform. Information: 361-444-2424.

Golden corral, 5901 S. Padre Island Drive, is offering a free thank you card to anyone active or ex-US military from November 1st through November 30th. The promotional card can be redeemed for a free meal from November 1, 2020 until May 31, 2021. The meal is only for dinner and must be used from Monday to Thursday. Limit one card per person while supplies last. Information: 361-991-2838 or https://www.goldencorral.com/military-appreciation/.

Olive garden, 5258 S. Padre Island Drive, is offering a complimentary select menu meal for all active military and veterans on Wednesday, November 11th. Take-away or take-away meals possible. Information: 361-992-4742.

On the border, 5117 S. Padre Island Dr., would like to thank active and former military personnel for their service on Wednesday November 11th with a free 2-point lunch combination. Must provide proof of military ID or military service. For dinner only. Information: 361-992-9662

Texas Roadhouse, 2029 S. Padre Island Drive, is offering veterans and active members of the military a voucher for a free meal from a select list. Simply drop by on Wednesday, November 11th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to pick up your voucher, which can be redeemed at a later time of your choice for dining or to take away. Must provide proof of service or military ID. Information: 361-854-9505.

Twin peaks, 5425 S. Padre Island Drive, is offering a complimentary meal from a select menu for veterans, active service members and reservists on Wednesday, November 11th. Dinner only. Information: 361-992-7325.

schnitzel will offer a free meal to active military and veterans on Wednesday November 11th. The locations in Corpus Christi are 2401 Ayers St., 4221 S. Alameda St., 3555 S. Padre Island Drive, 5861 S. Staples St., and 4001 US Highway 77. Meal is a chili dog, small fries, and small pepsi. You must present a valid military or veteran ID or wear a military uniform. Information: https://www.wienerschnitzel.com.

A large American flag reflected in the Horn of the Veterans Band, Fernando Cruz, during the annual Veterans Day ceremony in Sherill Park 2009.

Other free items and discounts

The South Texas Art Museum, 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd., will have free entry throughout November thanks to generous underwriting from Kleberg Bank. Information: https://www.artmuseumofsouthtexas.org/

Buffalo Wild Wings, 2001 S. Padre Island Dr., is offering a free order of 10 boneless wings and french fries for active and retired members of the military on Wednesday, November 11th. Must provide acceptable proof of military service or ID. Food or take away. Information: 361-814-9464.

The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, 1900 N. Chaparral St., offers $ 1 admission to Veterans and Active Military Service and their families from 10am to 5pm on Wednesday, November 11th. All guests will enjoy patriotic museum science exhibits and historical figures brought to life by Museum LIVE! Actor. Information: 361-826-4667 or https://www.facebook.com/ccmuseum/.

Cracker Barrel, 4229 S. Padre Island Drive, is offering veterans a complimentary slice of Coca-Cola cake with double chocolate fudge while dining on Wednesday, November 11th. Information: 361-855-1778.

Milk queen will offer a free Medium Blizzard to all active military and veterans on Wednesday November 11th. Must provide proof of service. Corpus Christi locations are 3606 Ayers St., 5002 Greenwood Drive, 5919 McArdle Road, 6169 Saratoga Blvd., 11101 Leopard St. Information: https://dqtexas.com/.

Great clips is offering veterans and active military service a free haircut on Wednesday November 11th. Veterans can get a free haircut or a free haircut card that can be used any day before December 11, 2020. The locations are 3133 S. Alameda St., 4938 S. Staples St., 6601 Everhart Road, 2311 Hwy. 35 N, Rockport. Information: https://www.greatclips.com/promotions/veterans-day.

Hooters, 4551 S. Padre Island Drive, is offering 10 free boneless wings with the purchase of 10 wings to veterans and the active military on Wednesday, November 11th. The offer is only valid for dinner. For more information: 361-854-9464.

Joe’s crab hut is offering veterans and service members a 20 percent discount on Wednesday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day. Must present valid military ID and can only be used on tables of 4 or less. Dine-in and discount only do not apply to alcohol purchases. Corpus Christi locations are 444 N. Shoreline Blvd. and 5025 S. Padre Island Drive. Information: https://www.joescrabshack.com/veteransday.

Landry’s seafood, 600 N. Shoreline Blvd., is offering a 20 percent discount for all veterans and active members of the military on Wednesday, November 11th. A valid ID must be presented. The offer excludes alcoholic beverages and is only valid for dinner. Information: 361-882-6666.

The National Parks Service offers free entry (entry only) to all visitors on Wednesday November 11th in honor of Veterans Day. The local national park is Padre Island National Seashore, 20420 Park Road 22. Information: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/veterans-day.htm

Outback steakhouse, 4221 S. Padre Island Drive, will be giving a free Bloomin onion and Coca-Cola product to all Veterans with free ID on Wednesday November 11th. They also offer a 10 percent discount for all military personnel, police officers, firefighters, first responders and military personnel, every day with a valid ID card. The offer is valid for the entire guest check (excluding alcohol, taxes and tips) and cannot be combined with other offers. Information: https://www.outback.com/offers/operation-homefront.

red lobster, 5825 S. Padre Island Drive, will offer a free starter or dessert from a select menu on Wednesday, November 11th for veterans and the active military. Information: 361-991-2160.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will honor veterans on Sunday November 8th with free park entry (entry only) for all visitors. Include local state parks Mustang Island State Park9394 State Hwy. 361; Goose Island State Park202 S. Palmetto St., Rockport; and Lake Corpus Christi State Park23194 Park Road 25, Mathis. Information: http://bit.ly/TXStateParks_VeteransDay.

The Texas State Aquarium, 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd., has its $ 2 Community Days Monday, November 9th through Friday, November 13th, 10am to 5pm for all community members. In addition, military personnel with valid ID will receive a $ 2 discount on admission for the rest of the year (not on discount days). Information: 361-881-1259 or https://bit.ly/38iZcRP.

Allison Ehrlich writes about activities in South Texas and has a weekly Throwback Thursday column on local history. In this way, help support local coverage by checking out our subscription options and specials at Caller.com/subscribe