Serve those who Serve for Us….
2013 Veteran’s Day
Check out how we celebrate Veteran’s Day in our Neighborhoods!
Did you know Applebee’s was the first restaurant chain to welcome in Veteran’s and Active
Military to be served by us a Free meal on Veterans Day! ….and although many
Other chains also now offer a Free Item no one does it like Applebee’s!
We start by decorating our restaurants in Red White and Blue!
Then we collect “Thank You notes” from our Guests and Neighbors
within each of the communities we serve by directing everyone to the
“THANK YOU MOVEMENT” website
Here anyone can write a personalized message to our troops currently serving or to those
Who have served…Our Veterans!
This year a total of 6,705,046 thank you notes were collected on the site!
Doherty Applebee’s Neighborhoods had a total of over 77,000!
We also create Thank You Boards in our restaurants and
Send them to our Active Troops overseas!
Our Teams just before we opened the doors on Veteran’s Day!
John Carruthers (left) & Victor Adu Amanfoh (below)
We also have our own Hero’s working here!
For the past 3 years' I have been attending the
Wonderful Veterans Day meal at your East Islip
I want to personally thank you for the gracious offer to
provide meals for our brothers and sisters who have
Served and are currently serving in the Military.
One reason for this letter is to mention one of your
Employees, Chrissy Coyne, who has gone out of her
way to make this day special for a friend of mine.
I am a disabled Veteran and in years past I would
attend the event with an older WW 2 veteran who is in
a wheel chair. Bill is not doing well he is Blind and for
the last 2 years and is confined to a bed in a nursing
Chrissy noticed that Bill was not there last year and
last Monday and Bill would not be joining us at
Applebee's this year. Chrissy Brought Applebee's to
him. She packaged a bowl of soup which I delivered it
to my Friend Bill at the nursing Home for the second
Kenneth J. Nevor
My husband and I went to this store with our 2 young boys on veterans
day. My husband is active duty in the Navy and we heard about their offer
for a free entree for active duty and veterans. We are struggling very much
right now financially but we thought we would take advantage of this very
gracious offer. We went to the restaurant with the intention that my
husband, our boys, and I would share the free entree. We ordered and
while we waited my husband wrote a note to the server apologizing that
we couldn't tip her and if it wasn't for the free entree we couldn't even
think about going out to eat. After we finished eating we gave her the
letter and she came back a few minutes later and said that she wished we
had given it to her sooner. She then said she wanted to give us a free
meal! after a few minutes we graciously accepted her offer. Several
minutes later she came back and told us she put in 3 extra meals, 1 for
each of us I was in tears and we were both flabbergasted! We cannot
begin to express how absolutely grateful and blessed we are! The entire
staff was so friendly and kind. 1 manager came over and took time to talk
to us and ask my husband about his service and what he did, where he's
been etc. This was by far one of the most amazing experiences we have
had at a restaurant! Thank you Applebee's for supporting our family.p
Frank Fantacone a Vietnam Vet would like to thank
the Forked River Applebees staff for providing him
with a dinner @ home. frank walked in last year but
now has lung cancer and bone which he no longer
can leave his home. thank you again for making his
An email we received….
Frank Fantacone a Vietnam Vet would
like to thank the Forked River Applebee’s
staff for providing him with a dinner @
home. frank walked in last year but now
has lung cancer and bone which he no
longer can leave his home. thank you
again for making his day
It was an Amazing Experience To speak with our Veteran’s who served and hear their stories!
Doherty Enterprises has a strong commitment to honoring our
Veterans and those who serve Our Country!
9 of the Top 10 Neighborhoods nationwide who had the most “Thank You notes” to our
Veterans were the communities we serve!
We are proud of all our teams and especially proud of our Lindenhurst NY
Applebee’s Team who worked hard and were Dedicated in connecting with their
Visiting local Churches, the Fire Department, The Town Supervisor and giving the
community the opportunity to be part of the cause, part of the movement.
The Lindenhurst team did all this and fed all of the Veteran’s as well!
Like True marines in “Find a Way, Make a Way”
We are looking forward to Veteran’s Day 2014!