Throughout the state Monday there were parades and wreath-laying ceremonies to honor the veterans who have passed away. For the living there were free meals at several local restaurants.
Fire and Ice Restaurant at Providence Place Mall has been serving up free meals to veterans on Veterans Day for the past three years. This year, they expanded the freebie to include immediate family members as well. Restaurant manager Brian Ahlquist said it’s their way of saying thanks to those who have served out country in uniform.
Rhode Island restaurants have until July 1st to come into compliance with a new allergen awareness law. The law requires restaurants to post signs about food allergens and include menu notices to remind customers to alert their servers to any food allergies. The law is the direct result of efforts by a Middletown teenager.
Sixteen year old Lauren Mongeau is allergic to a wide variety of foods. Her older sister, Danielle, lists a few of them:
"Red meat, dairy, bananas, sesame seeds and a lot more," Danielle says.