TA and Petro Stopping Centers offer free meals to military heroes

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 06/23 2014 03:32PM

Updated 06/23 2014 03:36PM

If you are a veteran, active duty or reservist military, you are invited to eat free at TA and Petro stopping centers full-service restaurants on the Fourth of July.

TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the  TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® travel center brands, invites all active duty military, veterans and reservists with proof of service to enjoy a complimentary meal on Independence Day at any participating TA or Petro sit-down restaurants nationwide.

You are also invited to participate in a charity drive for the National Military Family Association's® Operation Purple® Program at participating TA and Petro full-service restaurants from June 30-July 1.

Donations will be accepted for paper flags that will be displayed in the restaurants. You may write your own name on the flag or write in the name of military service personnel they wish to honor with the donation.

The National Military Family Association provides services to families in the different phases of military life deployment, reintegration, and coming together after an injury.

President and CEO of TravelCenters Tom O'Brien said, "We are again honoring our service men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country by inviting them to our restaurants to share a meal. We will also be honoring all of those who gave their life defending our country by preparing Fallen Soldier Tables at our restaurants. A single place setting at an empty table represents the wish that fallen men and women of our armed forces could be present to dine with us. Having set these tables on patriotic days over the last few years in our restaurants, employees at our sites have seen and shared in the emotion and memories of those who lost friends and loved ones while serving. It's a moving experience for everyone."

This is the third year that TravelCenters is honoring military with free meals in its restaurants on July 4. TravelCenters has served more than 21,000 free meals to veterans and active duty military service men and women in the last two years. This is also the second year that TravelCenters is supporting the National Military Family Association's Operation Purple Program.

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