BOARDMAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A growing number of restaurants have decided that one way they can say thank you to veterans and active duty military for their service is with a free meal.
At O'Charly's in Boardman food was served to a group of veterans who came together for the tribute meal.
"I think it's fabulous the way they take care of us now, because years ago they didn't do that. It's really great," said Jack Hamley, U.S. Army veteran.
"It's just an honor to be able to serve them. I mean they've done so much for our country and it's very humbling to be able to serve them today," said the manager of the Boardman O'Charley's.
At Panera Bread some veterans enjoyed a meal with family members while others got together to share stories. They say they feel good about the new respect and appreciation for their service. The manager at O'Charly's says the military tribute is being observed at all 220 restaurants in the chain.
Other area restaurants offering the free meal for Veterans Day included Golden Corral, Chili's and others.