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From the State of North Carolina Office of Gov. Bev Perdue, shared Nov. 9:

RALEIGH – Merchants and agencies in North Carolina and across the nation are offering free meals and services to veterans and active military personnel in thanks for their service to our country and in celebration of Friday’s Veterans Day holiday.

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“Our veterans and active duty military have sacrificed at home and in every corner of the world,” Gov. Bev Perdue said. “These benefits are one small way that we can offer our thanks. I want to commend the businesses providing these meals and services, as they are demonstrating, once again, that North Carolina is the most military friendly state in the nation.”

Most offers are good on specific days between Friday and Sunday and require proof of military service, according to a list of participating organizations provided by the Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center, which is posted at

(Offers include meals at) top-name restaurants, (items at) automotive service centers and home improvement stores, free canes and car washes, and (free and discounted) admission to National Parks and theme parks.

“The list of participants in this year’s campaign is long and varied, so every one of our veterans should be able to find something practical and enjoyable at no expense,” said Tim Wipperman, Director of the N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs. “We are grateful to all the restaurants, shops and attractions that have partnered to recognize the service and sacrifice of our veterans.”

For information about services available to North Carolina veterans, including a list of local District Services Offices, visit the N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs website at

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