Veterans Day is on Thursday, November 11 and there are many Maine businesses that are honoring those who have served their country. One of those is showing their gratitude to Mainers who have served by giving them a full meal for free.

Lotus Chinese and Japanese Restaurant opened on Center Street in Auburn in 2013 and for every Veterans day since then, the popular restaurant has said thanks to Veterans with a free meal.

"Veterans have always given so much to defend this country," said owner Jim Wu in a press release. "They put their lives on hold - and on the line - to do what is right for their homeland. We must never forget the sacrifices made by our Veterans.”

For the ninth year, Lotus Restaurant will be offering a free meal to Veterans on Veteran’s Day but it is offered for dine-in customers only. All staff in the restaurant are vaccinated.

All active-duty members of the military and Veterans are eligible for the free meal from Lotus' All You Can Eat Buffet, however beverages, tax, and gratuity are not included. Meals are limited to one per person.

Lotus is open on Veterans Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m and if you would like to make a reservation, you can call 207-241-0870. For a look at the menu, visit Lotus' website.

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