Dunkin’ is once again celebrating Veterans Day by showing its appreciation and support for those who truly keep America running. In a sweet salute to the brave members of the armed forces, on Wednesday, November 11, veterans and active duty military are invited to participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide for a free donut of their choice, no purchase necessary.
But due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, Veterans Day free meal availability with vary greatly by individual location, so it is best to call ahead to your local chain restaurant to find out if they are participating in Veterans Day free meals this year.
In another way to show gratitude to those who serve, for the second year in a row, Dunkin’ is teaming up with A Million Thanks, a nonprofit organization that supports active, reserve, and Veteran military by sending millions of letters of thanks and encouragement directly to service members. Dunkin’ is proudly making a $10,000 donation to A Million Thanks and is giving fans the chance to show their appreciation to veterans by crafting their own digital letters via Dunkin’s Instagram story on Monday, November 9. Digital letters will be printed and mailed to active military members within the A Million Thanks community.
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I.
The war officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France.
Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.
Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II and American forces had fought aggression in Korea, Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars.
Veterans Day is usually observed on the 11th day of November unless the 11th falls on a weekend.
This year, Veterans Day is on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.