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Mission BBQ to give free sandwiches on 9/11 to first responders at all restaurant locations

Mission BBQ location on 12640 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News (HNNDaily Photo/ Courtesy of Mission BBQ)
Mission BBQ location on 12640 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News (HNNDaily Photo/ Courtesy of Mission BBQ)

Mission BBQ will give away free sandwiches to first responders, including fire personnel and police officers on Tuesday to commemorate the anniversary of Sept. 11.

The free offering will be from 11 am. to 9 p.m. at all Mission BBQ locations, including Newport NewsHampton, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. These Hampton Roads locations will also have a live vocal performances of the national anthem.

“It’s a really touching event.”said Amanda McLaughlin, general manager of the Mission BBQ store in Newport News.

The restaurant chain, with locations on the East Coast, is known for American patriotism and of course, barbecue. Every day at noon, the stores play a recording of the national anthem.

The company also gives discounts or free meals to various service members on holidays and special occasions, such as Veteran’s Day and 9/11.

“Our mission is to serve those who serve us,” McLaughlin said.

On Sept 11, several police cars and fire trucks will be parked at the Newport News and Hampton stores. McLaughlin said SWAT team, K-9 units and military vehicles may also be there.

Stephen Bryant, a fire medic who is still in the academy, will be singing the national anthem live at noon. Jeremiah Harriston, a narcotics officer, is the alternate vocalist.

“It’s a big day of saying thank you,” McLaughlin said.

For information, visit the restaurant website.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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