Applebee’s partners with recording artist Gavin DeGraw to perform for one lucky community

As part of its ongoing effort to thank our nation’s veterans and active duty service members, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants across the country, including the Dunkirk location are encouraging the community to visit www.thankyoumovement.com to say “thanks” to our military personnel for their service.

From now until Veterans Day, the public can visit the Thank You Movement website to show their appreciation. The community that submits the most ‘Thank You’ messages will be declared the Most Thankful Neighborhood and will receive a free concert from multi-platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw. The winning neighborhood will be announced on Veterans Day, and the concert will be held on a future date. Guests can also submit ‘Thank You’ messages via www.facebook.com/applebees, @applebees on Twitter or on Instagram and YouTube by using #ThankYouMovement.

“I’m happy to be part of the Applebee’s Thank You Movement and extend my thanks to our servicemembers for all they have done,” said Gavin DeGraw. “They are the definition of selflessness, dedication, devotion and sacrifice. Please join me in thanking our heroes by sending a ‘Thank You’ message.”

Since creating the Thank You Movement in 2011 to collect messages of appreciation for each of the 24 million current and former members of our Armed Forces, Applebee’s has received more than 4.5 million personal Thank You messages through the Thank You Movement website.

“We’re thrilled to have Gavin DeGraw serve in this year’s Thank You Movement,” said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. “We are excited to have our neighbors post their thanks and won’t be surprised to hear that Gavin is heading to Dunkirk knowing how the community supports those who have served.”

In what has become an annual neighborhood tradition, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar will once again invite military servicemen and women to Applebee’s for a free meal on Veterans Day. Since Applebee’s first began thanking the military with a free meal, restaurants have served approximately 4 million veterans and active duty military members on their day of remembrance and respect.

On Veterans Day only, veterans and those on active duty with proof of United States military service can choose one free entree from Applebee’s Veterans Day Menu

7 oz. house sirloin

Bacon cheddar cheeseburger

Three-cheese chicken and sundried tomato penne

Fiesta lime chicken

Double crunch shrimp

Chicken tenders platter

Oriental chicken salad

Guests will need to provide proof of service, which includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214, Citation or Commendation.

Offer is valid for dine-in only. Traditional sides are included with free entrees; two for $20 appetizers, upgraded side items or extras, beverages, desserts and gratuity are not included. Applebee’s Thank You Meals will be offered during normal business hours on Monday, Nov. 11. Hours vary by location, so Guests should call their local Applebee’s restaurant in advance to inquire about specific location hours. Applebee’s encourages Guests to call their local Applebee’s or visit www.applebees.com for more information.