Thursday, May 22, 2014

Memorial Day, Chicken Wings and MilSpouses

In college Memorial Day was the official kick off to summer. I always started it out by bartending at this fun festival back home that my friend's family ran and I looked forward to it every year. Now as a military spouse I remember that despite all the fun that memorial day weekend used to entail and all that it still entails, Memorial Day is so much more than fun bbq's, music festival's and the start to summer. It is to remember all those who have served and who are serving.

I am so grateful to see that so many companies and business' are starting to do more and more to recognize memorial day and to honor are service member's. Let's be honest. They don't get the recognition and honor that they deserve so it is not to much to ask that we give them one day of respect.

But now I'm getting on my soap box. I'll take a step down and instead share with you what Hooter's is doing for memorial day. On Memorial Day, May 26th  as a special thanks to our nation’s brave servicemen and women, Hooters will offer 10 free wings to all military, active duty, veterans and their spouses with the purchase of a drink. How awesome is that. Here is some more information I copied from their press release. Link Here

"ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--From veterans, to spouses, to active duty military, Hooters is saying thanks to our nation’s servicemen and women on Memorial Day, by inviting them to enjoy 10 free wings on the house. This year marks the first time the iconic wing joint is extending its Memorial Day deal to military spouses, in recognition of the instrumental role they play within military families.
“Military spouses have to make some of the toughest sacrifices in the world, especially when their loved ones are away on active duty,” said Andrew Pudduck, vice president of marketing, Hooters of America. “Expanding our military Memorial Day deal to include spouses is a small display of Hooters’ steadfast commitment to supporting the scores of courageous families within the armed forces.”
On Monday, May 26, all military personnel and their spouses may choose from Hooters’ world-famous traditional bone in or boneless chicken wings with buffalo sauce favorites, ranging in heat from mild to 911, as well as Hooters’ signature sauces and rubs on select menu items, such as a teriyaki-style samurai, lemon pepper or chipotle honey rub. Items will be served by military-clad Hooters Girls dressed in camouflage tank tops and shorts, in celebration of the holiday.
Hooters’ support for the military community spans many years and has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for non-profit military organizations. In 2013 the inaugural Hooters for Heroes fundraising initiative was established with the goal of raising money and awareness for military non-profit organizations dedicated to U.S. veterans and their families.
“As a proud, retired U.S. Marine and former Hooters Girl, I am honored to be a part of an organization that continuously finds ways to show its appreciation for my fellow military brothers and sisters,” said Aliscia Andrews, executive assistant, Hooters of America.
The Memorial Day deal includes 10 free boneless or traditional bone in wings with any drink purchase for all military, active duty, veterans and their spouses at any of the 345 Hooters locations across the U.S. on Monday, May 26. Hooters wants military members and their spouses to feel appreciated on this special occasion, so to activate the deal, dine-in guests simply present a Military ID card, Dependent ID card or Veterans ID card.
For more information about the Hooters Memorial Day deal or to find your nearest Hooters location

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I know where the kids and I will be going to eat on Memorial Day. And can I just give a big thanks to Hooter's for honoring the spouses. I mean I know my husband sacrifices way more than I do and his job has to be one of the hardest out there. However my kids sacrifice a lot as well. And as they get older it is harder and harder for them to be away from their dad. For people to recognize that it is a sacrifice and hard on the families as well is beyond appreciated

So thank you Hooter's for this awesome way to honor all those military families. And thank you to my husband, both grandfather's and great uncle for service your country. It is appreciated more than you will ever know

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