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On Veterans Day, we honor those who have so honored us with their service and sacrifice to keep America strong and free.

Hundreds of retailers and restaurants also salute the military, offering discounts to veterans, active duty and retired U.S. military, National Guard and reservists on Sunday and Monday. In some cases, spouses and families members are included, too.

Many military discounts aren’t publicized, so be sure to ask if one available before making a purchase or dining and have your military identification so you can take advantage of the deal.

FREE EATS & TREATS:

americanflagjpg25.jpgApplebee's: Free signature entree on Sunday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgBoston's on the Beach: At 40 S. Ocean Blvd. in Delray Beach, is offering free $16 lunch or dinner entree from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday. 561-278-3364.

americanflagjpg25.jpgCalifornia Pizza Kitchen: Free pizza and a drink on Sunday and Monday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgChampp's: Free cheeseburger & fries on Monday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgChili's: Chose from seven meals from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday with $5 desserts.

americanflagjpg25.jpgDenny's: Free all-you-can-eat pancakes from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgEinstein Bros. Bagels: Free classic or signature bagel on Sunday. Shmear not included.

americanflagjpg25.jpgFriendly's: Free breakfast and coffee until 11 a.m. Monday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgGolden Corral: Free meal from 4 to 9 p.m. on Monday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgHooters: Get 10 free wings with drink purchase at participating Central and South Florida restaurants on Sunday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgKrispy Kreme: Free doughnut and small coffee on Sunday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgLittle Caesars: Free Crazy Bread on Sunday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgLonestar Steakhouse: Free entree from the Stars & Stripes menu on Monday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgLonghorn Steakhouse: Free Texas Tonion appetizer and beverage on Sunday and Monday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgMiller's Ale House: Save 50 percent off any entree on Monday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgOlive Garden: Free entree on Sunday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgOutback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin' Onion and Coke on Sunday and Monday. Plus, 10 percent discount Nov. 13-Dec. 1.

americanflagjpg25.jpgRed Lobster: Free appetizer on Sunday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgT.G.I. Friday's: Free lunch for vets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m on Monday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgTijuana Flats: Vets and active military eat free with purchase of another entree on Sunday. Plus, 10 percent off always with ID.

SHOPPING & SERVICES:

americanflagjpg25.jpgAARP Card: Free 12-month membership or renewal for everyone, not just vets.

americanflagjpg25.jpgFree car washes: GraceForVets.org lists free South Florida car washes offering freebies on Sunday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgMassage Envy: Save $60 per year on massages.

americanflagjpg25.jpgHome Depot: Veterans and immediate families can get 10 percent off purchases with a maximum discount up to $500 on Monday with some restrictions. The discount also is available to vets on Independence, Labor and Veterans Day. Active duty, career and disabled vets and reservist guards and family can get the discounts every day.

americanflagjpg25.jpgLowe’s: Same deal as Home Depot, above.

americanflagjpg25.jpgApple’s Federal Government & Military Employee Purchase Program: Get discounts from 4 percent to 9 percent on Apple products. Call 877-377-6362 for details.

americanflagjpg25.jpgGM Military Discount: General Motors offers savings of up to $500 on most Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles in what it claims is “the best military discount from any car company.” The offer is for active duty members, reserves and retirees and spouses.

THINGS TO DO:

americanflagjpg25.jpgButterfly World: Veterans and active-duty military with ID get in free at the Coconut Creek attraction through Monday. That's a $24.95 value.

americanflagjpg25.jpgFree park entrance: Visit U.S. National Parks for free through Monday; Florid state parks are free on Sunday.

americanflagjpg25.jpgNational Parks Pass: Active military personnel and their dependents can get a free annual pass to U.S. National Parks and Fish and Wildlife Service sites. Those 62 and older can get a lifetime Seniors Pass for free entrance to more than 2,000 parks for $10.

americanflagjpg25.jpgMiami Seaquarium: Military, veterans, first responders, city, county, state and federal employees get free admission on Sunday and Monday; guests get in for $11.

americanflagjpg25.jpgDisney's Armed Forces Salute: Walt Disney World is offering active and retired members of the U.S. military, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists and spouses may buy up to six 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for $138 each. Tickets must be purchased at U.S. military sales outlets, not at the gate. Plus, get up to 40 percent off at Disney Resorts by calling 407-939-7830.

americanflagjpg25.jpgAheuser-Busch Here's to the Heroes: Free entrance to SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, for any active duty, a reservist, or National Guardsman and up to three dependents Here's to the Heroes program. Expires Dec. 31.

americanflagjpg25.jpgNPS.org's History E-Library The National Park Service honors American veterans with an amazing web list of NPS.org sites about U.S. battlefields, military parks or related themes. From the French and Indain War to the Cold War.

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Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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