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Central VA Businesses Offer Freebies for Veterans Day

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Veterans Day is a celebration of service and a time to honor living heroes.  Some businesses in central Virginia showed their appreciation to veterans and their families Sunday.

Dozens of restaurants and businesses are thanking veterans.  Whether it was a free meal or a free car wash, many gave a little something to let a veteran know he or she is appreciated.

Reece Belk is one of many service members getting served a free meal for Veterans Day.  He says it makes him feel appreciated that Applebee's and other Charlottesville restaurants are giving back.

"Everybody is so cordial and the food is good, so what else can I say," Belk said.

The Melting Pot picked up the tab for military men and women Sunday.  The restaurant says the free meals are more than just a gift to veterans.

Derek Bond, owner of The Melting Pot in Charlottesville, said, "They have a wonderful time and they are really appreciative, which makes it even nicer to do something for them because they come in and they constantly tell us how much they appreciate it."

Paul Thomas Lemire was in the military for 26 years, and says he loves coming out to eat on Veterans Day each year.

"It's special to us, us I mean veterans, that people do care about us and it's really neat that the restaurants are willing to take a loss on this day," Lemire said.  

Veterans enjoyed more than just free food on this special day of recognition.  One Charlottesville car wash offered a special deal.

Donneil Price with Express Car Wash said, "It's kind of cool because they served in the military for us and that's how we honor them, to let me know that we care about them."

Whether it was a free meal, car wash or even just a simple thank you from strangers, central Virginia honors its community of veterans.

Many restaurants will continue giving out free meals Monday.  Click here for more information. 

Ceremonies to celebrate central Virginia's veterans will also continue Monday.  Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) will honor its students and employees who have served our country.

About 150 PVCC students are veterans.  The ceremony starts at 8:30 Monday morning at the PVCC's main building.

At 11 a.m., Charlottesville will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the city's founding and Veterans Day with a special event at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on the downtown mall.

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