In the consumer rush to find the best deals and discounts, most people don’t take a moment to consider the true meaning of Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a federal holiday of observance dedicated to showing respect to every American military member, from the past to the present day, who gave their lives in defense of the United States.
It is very easy to forget its significance in the commerce-driven digital age. After all, whenever we are reminded of Memorial Day in a public fashion, it is usually because we are bombarded with retail advertisements about Memorial Day sales and discounts. Or, most people treat Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer and a three-day weekend opportunity to barbecue.
No, this is not just cynical commentary. A recent Harris Poll/University of Phoenix research survey found that over 45% of Americans have no clue why Memorial Day is observed. Over 3% think that Memorial Day is the official start of summer. About 27% believe that the holiday is for honoring veterans, while another 5% think its for active duty members.
Americans will spend over $36 billion shopping and traveling on Memorial Day. Most people will spend about $500 on the holiday. More people can take time to help active duty, veterans, disabled veterans, and their families learn about discounts and deals that apply to them. While we expressly observe Memorial Day to honor the fallen, we can also take the time to show respect to members of the military in our lives.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is offering a buy-one-get-one deal to anyone treating an active duty military member, veteran, or Gold Star family member. Anyone who buys an entrée for lunch or dinner can treat their military guest or family of military for free. This BOGO offer is valid on Memorial Day only and presentation of valid military ID or proof of former service is required.
Veteran members of the military are eligible for a 10% discount when they buy goods in-store at any Home Depot on Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day. Home Depot also has a 10% discount program for members of the military against all in-store purchases that runs all year round. However, the all year 10% discount program are for active duty members, veterans, disabled veterans, and the family members of such officers. Be prepared to show ID and proof of former service.
Chuck E. Cheese
Chuck E. Cheese has all year special discount programs for qualifying active duty, veteran, guard, reserve, and dependents of military members. This discount offer varies throughout the year and applies to the restaurant’s Alpha and Bravo meals and games deals. Be prepared to show ID or proof of former service.
Eyemart Express is known for being a quality and swift manufacturer of reliable eyewear. From now until May 31, Eyemart Express extends a 20% off discount on all eyewear purchase to active duty, non-active duty, and veteran military members. The families and dependents of eligible military members are eligible for the 20% discount as well. Valid military ID, proof of former service, or a DD214 card must be presented to qualify.
Call Before You Go
It is always a good idea to check the fine print on military discounts and deals for arriving and trying to redeem them. Businesses who make such Memorial Day offers usually have exacting conditions, exclusions, time limits, and redemption guidelines. Call ahead and ask before arriving. Better to be safe than embarrassed.
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