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Jamaican Grill tradition serves first responders on 9/11

Posted: Sep 11, 2018 6:04 PM +10:00 Updated:

Post Typhoon Mangkhut, servers at a Jamaican Grill geared up for their annual day of giving back to first responders and members of our armed forces.

It's the little bit they do each year on September 11 as we remember the countless lives lost 17 years ago.

Christine Matsuoka, Jamaican Grill Dededo general manager is busy around the clock managing customers dining in and taking out.

“Overall it’s mostly chicken and ribs,” she said. “If we don't have that you are going to hear it from every customer.”

But, every 9/11 sets a rather different mood for Christine and her staff.

“It’s a very emotional moment for us,” Matsuoka said.

It’s a time they take to think back on what occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. Then, America was rocked, as a terrorist attack happened on the World Trade Center in New York City.

“I was just a young lady out there trying to find a job,” Matsuoka recalled, “I do remember that a lot of people was crying even though we weren't there, we did go through the devastation like everybody else. I think that affected everybody wherever you were.”

Now, 17 years later, the city has since rebuilt and every year continues to spread the message that we will never forget the nearly 3,000 thousand lives lost that day.

“It’s not something we have control over but when it does happen we just have to be able to tackle and move forward with what we have,” Matsuoka said.

By moving forward, Christine means giving back to the local and military first responders in the territory.

“We always do this once a year to be part of the community and also appreciate the first responders for the daily work they do by helping the public and ensuring their safety,” she said.

Serving up free meals to those who serve the community, as they've been doing every 9/11– even hours after Typhoon Mangkhut hit our region.

 “I think it's a very humbly opportunity to be able to do that,” she said. “Every time they come in we try to make it as special every year. These are not only first responders but they become regular customers so we build relationships with them.”

Those relationships prove that even 17 years later come more stories of resilience and hope with the promise that we will never forget.

 

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