Local Restaurants Honor Veterans on Armed Forces Day

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin

May 18, 2013 Updated May 18, 2013 at 7:12 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Local restaurants honor military veterans with special deals on Armed Forces Day.

Local McDonald’s restaurants, and ones nation wide, are saying thank you to the men and women who serve our country by offering them a free extra value meal for Armed Forces Day.

Those who are active duty members or former military personnel, can head to any local McDonald’s restaurant for a free meal.

Just show up in uniform or bring a military ID before 11 p.m. Saturday to get the free meal.

Another event for Armed Forces Day was out at Granite City Brewery Saturday. The restaurant hosted its first ever benefit, “Heroes and Hotrods."

The event will raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization that helps veterans get back on their feet when they return home.

Granite City Managing Partner Justin Dirig says veterans and old cars go hand-in-hand, so the event had 40 cars from classics, to newer models, even military cars. But he says the main reason for this event is to give back to those who give up so much for us.

“We've been very fortunate to be able to enjoy the freedoms, to be able to sit on our couches, go out and enjoy parks and things like that and a lot of times I think it's taken for granted. So the big goal of this event is to raise awareness for those who do fight overseas, do give their lives overseas so we can enjoy those freedoms,” said Dirig.

The event also hosted a live band, lots of food, and a silent auction.

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