Ohio Walmart greeter honors local veterans by singing the national anthem
Chadron, Ohio Walmart greeter sings veterans who visit the shop.
An Ohio Walmart worker has gone viral for the honor of the local veterans by singing patriotic songs at the entrance of the Chardon superstore.
The staff and shoppers alike to pause and pay tribute while Walmart greeter, Freddy Davidson, belts a honorable tune – something he does several times a day to clap and cheer. The retired pastor and a new grandfather got the idea after seeing a Korean war veteran standing at the cash register, under a flag hanging from the ceiling.
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“I saw the flag there and said,” hey, let me honor your service and let me sing of the national Anthem as you stand by me,’ and he said, “yes,” Davidson told FOX 8.
Walmart greeter Freddy Davidson take the extra step to honor veterans in the shop in Chadron, Ohio.
When Davidson sees a veteran, he honors them with a song of the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America. The Walmart greeter is in a wheelchair since badly breaking his back more than 20 years ago, but he makes sure to stand on while he pays tribute to the veterans.
“I can’t stand it for more than 4-5 minutes, but I stand for the national anthem,” he said. “It is painful, but you just don’t notice.”
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Many veterans are moved to tears.
“It’s very heartwarming,” Marine Corps Veteran Bill Gibson told FOX 8. “It gives me the shivers.”
Assistant Manager, George Hill, III, said everyone in the store – from the staff to the customers – has enjoyed the gesture.
“They stop, they turn, they with the flag, with the hand over their chest, they sing along with him and even hold hands,” says Hill.
Davidson hopes that he inspires others to take the time to thank a veteran.
Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke