100th anniversary of Veterans Day set Monday

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Veteran's Day is Monday and with the special day celebrating our military, many places are welcoming veterans with open arms and with major discounts.

IHOP, Chili’s, and Applebee’s are just three of many restaurants that are giving out free meals for Veterans Day.

“We offer burgers, pasta, a chicken meal, steak and variety of other meals. All you have to do is bring your ID with you or some form of identification saying you are in the military,” says general manager Keith Wilkerson.

Applebee’s is also doing a fundraiser for disabled veterans. For every brownie or blondie bite purchased for $2.00, all proceeds will be donated to help purchase track chairs for disabled veterans.

“Our goal this year is to buy four chairs. And they cost about $15,000 each. So total for our company, we want to sell $60,000 worth of brownie bites. All proceeds do not go to our company; it goes towards buying the track chairs. We want to make it happen for them,” says Wilkerson.

For all active duty and retired veterans, IHOP will be giving out free breakfast.

“We show our support in our community and give back. That’s really important to us and will continue to do that year after year,” says general manager Craig Doyle.

And Chili’s will be packed with veterans Monday as it hosts a Buddy Poppy drive and the missing man table. Each patron will receive a Buddy Poppy with their silverware.

“We have a lot of military coming, and we try to give back to them. Without them we wouldn’t have the freedoms we have today,” says general manager David Poorbagher.

November 11th will be the 100th observance of Veterans Day and we captured the reactions of two retired veterans.

“This is a big veteran community here in Meridian, Miss. All of these people are so great. They stepped up to the plate to honor all of us in this community,” says retired veteran Darrell Whited.

“To see that they go out of their way to help support the veterans for what we have done in the past and what the veterans of the future are going to do,” says Vice Commander Harry Chandler.

Meridian will have several businesses giving discounts to military personnel.

There will be a Veterans' Honor Walk in Newton County at 9 a.m. and Clarke County will have its Veterans Day ceremony in front of the courthouse at 11 a.m.