Memorial Day freebies and deals for the military

(MEDIA GENERAL) – To show support for veterans and active members of the military, a number of restaurants, stores and museums around the country are offering freebies and discounts on Memorial Day weekend.

Some of the discounts are for active military members and veterans. Others include immediate family and still others are open to everyone. We’ve compiled a list below. We suggest you check with your local store before heading out to make sure it is participating.


Located throughout the southeastern part of the U.S., Shoney’s is offering a free all-American burger to active-duty and military veterans on Memorial Day. Proof of military service is required. Dine-in only. Offer valid at participating restaurants only.


On Memorial Day, Lowe’s 10 percent military discount is given to those serving in the armed services, immediate family and all veterans. To qualify, you must have a valid military ID card, Veteran Identification Card or other proof of service.

Home Depot

All veterans and active duty military qualify for a 10 percent discount from Thursday, May 21 through Monday, May 25 at Home Depot. Anyone requesting the Memorial Day veterans discount is asked to present a DOD-issued military ID, a veteran’s driver’s license (in applicable states) or a DD214 that states they were honorably discharged.

Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015.

>>Online: See museums in your area that qualify

Free music

You can download a few albums free from Google Play including a “best of” record for the Miles Davis, a compilation for Billie Holiday, and a “Jazz Pioneers” primer featuring talents like Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and Eartha Kitt.


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