Published: Nov 12, 2012 11:28 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- In honor of Veterans Day, Golden Corral in Fort Myers handed out 2500 free meals to vets and those serving in all branches of the military.

 

The buffet was open from 4-9 p.m Monday. People stood in line for over an hour to eat.

 

"This is definitely the biggest so far, the line wrapped around the building."

 

The parking lot was so full that cars were parked on the grass and up on the sidewalk.


Despite the wait, the veterans we spoke to were in great spirits and said the long line just gave them a chance to talk with other servicemembers.

 

"When I come here and there's all these veterans here, I feel comfortable, I feel like I'm at home...it is great!" said Donald Proto, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

 

Golden Corral managers said they cooked 25% more food to make sure they had enough for all the deserving vets and military families.