Veterans get to eat free on Monday

Veterans and active duty military personnel will be treated to free meals in Fort Dodge Monday, in recognition of Veterans Day.

At Perkins, 511 S. 32nd St., free breakfast will be served all day. Veterans or active duty military who show their ID or wear their uniform will get a free Magnificent 7 breakfast, which includes three pancakes, two eggs and two strips of bacon or sausage links.

Little Caesars, 3041 First Ave. S., will offer free crazy bread for all vets and active duty personnel.

Veterans should expect to show proof of military service, which can include official government ID or membership cards from recognized groups such as the American Legion and the VFW.

Applebee’s will offer a menu of seven free entrees to celebrate the day. Options are fiesta lime chicken, three-cheese chicken and sun-dried tomato penne, double crunch shrimp, bacon cheddar cheeseburger, 7-ounce house sirloin, chicken tenders platter or oriental chicken salad.

The restaurant at 2810 Fifth Ave. S. will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Village Inn will have three choices for its free breakfast. Veterans and active duty military can choose a Belgian waffle, three slices of French toast or three buttermilk pancakes.

The restaurant at 2002 N 15th St., is open from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.,

Hy-Vee will serve a free breakfast buffet for veterans and active-duty military from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. The meal includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash brown casserole, biscuits and gravy and more served with a free small coffee or soda.

“It’s huge. It’s a huge day,” said Mike Brown, manager of perishables. “We typically will serve 300 to 500 people.”

Noon Sertoma and Webster County Conservation are helping with the event by providing extra tables, he said.

Veterans’ spouses can also eat for free.

“It’s a very small token of appreciation we can show for the sacrifice, not only of the veterans, but their spouses as well. Those spouses sit at home every day waiting and wondering,” Brown said.