RI restaurants honor 13 U.S. service members killed in Kabul airport attack

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Restaurants across Rhode Island are honoring the 13 service members killed in the line of duty during last week’s suicide bombing at Kabul airport.

Several establishments, including the popular North Kingstown restaurant Back 40 and the Thirsty Beaver with locations in Cranston, Smithfield, and Wrentham have reserved a table and put out 13 beers to honor the fallen soldiers.

“It’s really not even about us, it’s about them and what they sacrificed for all of us and it was just a small gesture compared to what they do every day for us,” said Frank Giuffrida, regional manager of The Thirsty Beaver.

Giuffrida said the gesture was “a no brainer” and has touched the popular pub’s patrons and employees.

“They love it, they comment on it, people want to buy other beers to put on it as well and other drinks so it’s a great community feel, not just for our locations but for the nation. We have quite a few people that have military background, are still in the reserves, so, for them, they come in, they salute the bottles every time they walk in the door, so, it’s an awesome thing to see.”

Dan’s Place in West Greenwich posted its tribute on Saturday, and more than 1,000 people have liked the post and hundreds have shared.

“13 beers were set out at a reserved table to honor the 13 fallen soldiers in Afghanistan. God bless our soldiers, God Bless the USA,” the restaurant wrote on its Facebook page.

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“The Rhode Island restaurant community is very strong and we feel, we all felt the same of the people that we lost so, you know, the gesture across the restaurant field in Rhode Island is awesome,” Giuffrida added. “It’s a small gesture compared to what they do, so.”

The Thirsty Beaver plans to keep the table reserved for the next several days.

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