In 1954, United States Congress and President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Veterans Day as November 11. That day was previously known as Armistice Day - commemorating the end of World War I.

From Arlington National Cemetery to main streets across America, we gather together on November 11 to honor the brave men and women who put their lives on the line for our country. Not only are there parades and ceremonies here in New York to show our gratitude, but some businesses and restaurants offer food and deals as an extra way of saying thank you.

How These Capital Region Businesses Are Saying "Thanks" This Veterans Day

Here's a list of restaurants and stores where veterans can get discounts and free food. Some also extend the gratitude to active-duty servicemembers as well and even their families. All deals listed below are only for Friday, November 11 unless otherwise stated.

We thank America's veterans for representing our country at home and abroad.

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