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Community Service

MAYOR WILLIAM E. GENTNER (Columbia, TN):  Marines do play a very important part.  They have helped us in a variety of ways, and in some ways that not many people are not familiar with.  For example, they have helped us in food drives, they have helped us in constructing homes... 

JOHN BESH (Owner and Executive Chef, August Restaurant): Immediately after Katrina, we had a city under water, and in a lot of cases, on fire; we had just chaos out here--people needing help desperately.  Calls started going out, and we started texting this Marine, who knew that Marine, and inevitably I found just this large fraternity of Marines that offered their support.  We just found a need--and pursued it and attacked it and did what we could to help and to make a difference. 

CAPT MARC COLE: It's an awesome deal to be back here in New Orleans.  The last time I was here was just before Katrina, so just to see the rebuilding going on and to know that New Orleans isn't forgotten...  For us it's extremely important for the Marine Corps to get down here, out in the community and show our support, as well as celebrate what's happening at the Bayou Classic.  Having it back here in New Orleans is a huge deal, and we really celebrate that. 

2NDLT KERRISSA TORRES: It wasn't hard for me to say, you know, I can give this time this weekend, to go down and do something.  This community relations event--building the playground, giving back to the community, coming down, being representative of the Marine Corps--you can see how far the city of New Orleans has come from--I wasn't down here--but you see the pictures and the tapes from Hurricane Katrina and how everybody congregated on this one area... But to look at the city now--right here, building, you know, playgrounds for the children so that when they look outside their window, there's a playground that they can come to anytime...