Free Meals for Vets Tomorrow



US military veterans can eat for free at two Bay Area restaurants tomorrow.

For the twelfth year in a row, two local restaurants — McCormick & Kuleto’s Seafood Restaurant in San Francisco and Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto in Berkeley — are saluting U.S. military veterans and thanking them for serving their country by offering them free entrées in honor of Veterans' Day.

The holiday is officially on Monday, but the restaurants are offering the free entrées tomorrow — Sunday, November 7 — "to make it easier for families to dine together with the veterans in their lives. Reservations are highly recommended," reads a bulletin from the company that owns both restaurants. It adds:

"The restaurants will offer a free entree to those defined as a veteran by the Veterans Administration, Title 38 US Code 101, which is a person who served in the active military, Army, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. Veterans will be asked to show proper identification.

"The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as a number of state Veterans Departments, has lauded this Veterans Appreciation program."

Veterans Day was established as a US holiday in November 1918 as Armistice Day, marking the end of the bloody horrors of World War I. After the Korean War, Congress requested that Armistice Day be changed to expand it scope, honoring all of those who have served the United States in all wartime and peacetime alike. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming the occasion Veterans Day.