D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Lasagna, salad, bread sticks and brownies — all were on the Labor Day lunch menu for firefighters and police officers in D'Iberville.
Delivering food and words of thanks has become a Labor Day tradition for The Olive Garden restaurants across the country.
A trio of Olive Garden employees from the Promenade Shopping Center stopped by at Fire Station One in D'Iberville on Monday.
"We do it every year, just as a pretty much a thanks. We're very grateful for you guys, everything y'all do," said manager Trey Griffin.
While many Americans enjoy the day off, first responders are on duty during Labor Day. They say a "thank you" meal is much appreciated.
"Let's us know they want to give back to us. We're doing our job. They really thank us for what we do and we appreciate it," said veteran firefighter, Jay Williams.
The "thank you" luncheon was repeated at the D'Iberville police station. Officers will enjoy salad and bread sticks and pasta and brownies.
"It's very appreciated. Whenever we get things like this, it's something we know the community is giving back to us as much as we can give to them," added fireman, J.C. Williams.
At a time when police are increasingly under attack, D'Iberville officers say community support is strong and means so much to those who dedicate their lives to protect and serve.
"The backing of our community people, our citizens, it's what keeps us going. It allows us to be who we are and be able to serve the people we serve," said Lt. Tony Myers. "Not only does Olive Garden show their appreciation, but we've had other restaurants throughout the year that have done the same and we definitely just want to say thanks for all that y'all do for us. It's very much appreciated."
The luncheon was repeated across the country,with nearly 800 Olive Garden locations delivering meals to first responders on Labor Day.