November 11 marks Veterans Day in the U.S. and businesses across the country are looking to give back to those vets that have been tasked to serve and protect with a number of freebies and discounts. 
The holiday then-known as Armistice Day, was initially declared to honor World War I veterans with parades and public meetings.In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, Congress  and President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the name to Veterans Day to recognize all servicemembers. 
Here is a list a few places —among many — that are offering discounts and freebies to those who have served and protected our country:
Veterans Day Eats
All active duty military members, reserves, National Guard, and veterans are entitled to a free "full-size" entree. Military members are also being treated to an exclusive menu. As part of the deal, a $5 Bounce Back Card will also be provided.
Vets can get a free non-alcoholic beverage and an entree from a specially curated menu.
If you're in the mood for a good burger, Hard Rock has you covered. Vets get a free Legendary Burger. But this is limited to the dine-in option only.
Love pancakes? The international House of Pancakes is giving all veterans a stack of red, white, and blueberry flapjacks.
For the seafood lovers, Joe's Crab Shack is offering 20 percent off and vets can even include three other guests to revel in the savings. The deal is only valid this Sunday, November 13.
The famed doughnut shop chain is celebrating vets with a free cup of coffee and a doughnut.
Other Veterans Day Deals
Starting November 11 and running through November 14, vets can take advantage of a 20 percent discount on items purchased in-store. To get the deal, just show proof of service.
The auto service company is offering a 10 percent discount on tires and other services. Vets can also get a free car care check with this deal. Appoints have to be made by November 14 and service completed by November 17.
The hair salon chain is helping vets look their best with free haircuts. All Great Clips locations across the U.S. are participating; and if you don't need a haircut just yet, you can also get card to reserve a spot at a later date. (November 12- December 9)