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Restaurants giving free meals to heroes on Veterans Day


POSTED: Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 5:14pm

East Texans love to go out to eat on Sunday afternoons.

Today is Veterans Day.  So those who have served our country got a free meal from many restaurants nationwide.  Here in East Texas, restaurants like Chilis, Olive Garden, Einstein Bagels and Texas Roadhouse lent a helping hand to the heroes.

Applebee's manager Casey Stout tells KETK, they are letting East Texas veterans choose from 8 different entrees.

Stout says it's the least they can do to say "thank you."

"For our freedoms and just for everything they've done for us.  It's a small thing we can do as a company to show appreciation for the sacrifices that others have made," Stout said.

We caught up with Marine Bill Morse.

It's been a busy weekend for him.  Saturday was the Marine Core birthday and Sunday, he's having a Veterans Day lunch with his family.

Morse is a Vietnam veteran.

"I was in Vietnam from '67-'68.  I was in Cuba in '66 and Grenada in '86.

Morse is thankful to Applebee's and other restaurants for recognizing the importance of the day.

"I think it's great, I think everybody should recognize our veterans because the sacrifices people made for the country and are still making for this country needs to be recognized," Morse said.

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