Eighteen years ago today, the twin towers of the World Trade Center collapsed as a result of a terrorist attack that did not only affect the lives of the thousands of people present within its vicinity, but the nation as a whole.
Although it’s been almost two decades after the event, the twin towers collapse serves as a reminder that even when the unexpected happens, there are people who are dedicated to protecting and restoring the community to normalcy in the wake of an emergency.
On Guam, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero directed all government agencies to lower both U.S, and Guam flags to half-staff for the entire day. A wreath-laying ceremony was also held at Puntan Dos Amantes by the Rotary Club of Northern Guam.
Local businesses, such as Jamaican Grill, remembered 9/11 by holding its annual 9/11 Memorial Commemoration Luncheon.
Latonya Naval, restaurant manager, shared how the restaurant remembers the event by providing free meals to local and military responders, who came for lunch dressed in uniform to represent their agency or unit.
“This is the 18th memorial commemoration luncheon that Jamaican Grill does every year. We do it from 10 to 4. It is a memorial of Sept 11th,” Naval said.
“It is actually for all first responders. This is our way of saying thank you to the sacrifices and services that they provide for us in our community. We kind of remember the horrid events of 9-11. And we take a moment of silence and thank our local first responders,” Naval added.
Jamaican Grill hosted the memorial luncheon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and served free meals to more than 100 full-time, active duty police officers, fire fighters and paramedics.