Chattanooga-area restaurants offering freebies for Veterans Day

Plus 5 ways you can show your appreciation

Contributed Photo from Reed Public Relations / Chattanooga-area McDonald's restaurants will offer a free breakfast combo to veterans, active-duty military and spouses with military ID during breakfast hours Thursday.

Retired U.S. Navy medic James Carl Morgan, who died Oct. 30 at age 98, was proud of his military service, but the Rossville resident liked to joke there was another reason he wore his World War II ball cap when he was out and about.

"It gets me a meal every once in a while," he said in a 2020 interview.

Veterans won't have to wait on a random act of kindness to eat for free Thursday. To celebrate Veterans Day, their meals will be on the house at dozens of area restaurants.


Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day was first observed Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the armistice between the Allied Forces and Germany that signaled the end of World War I.