Freddy Davison, a pastor-turned-Walmart greeter, has won the hearts of customers with his greetings, and when a veteran comes into the Chardon, Ohio, store, he breaks into the national anthem.
NBC News affiliate WKYC reported Davison suffered a back injury in 1998 when he was in a car accident. He spends a large portion of his life in a wheelchair because it’s difficult to stand for a long period of time.
However, when a veteran walks into the store, Davison rises from the wheelchair, places his hand over his heart, and serenades them with a tear-inspiring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
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“Their service matters. Their life and sacrifice matters. And I want to make sure they know they are honored,” Davison told WKYC. “You can feel everything go from a busy store for just those two minutes, to complete stillness.”
Dan Cicchella, an Air Force veteran, called it “beautiful” during an interview and added that he could hear Davison’s voice from the back of the store.
“I’ve seen customers tear up,” Evelyn wrote in an email to WKYC. “It is awesome to see.”
His voice has also captured the hearts of those who haven’t entered the store, and people on Facebook largely applauded his dedication to honoring veterans and his ability to overcome adversity.
One user even suggested he should perform at the popular music festival, Coachella.
Davison explained that being in a wheelchair actually works to his advantage because it “disarms” people and puts him at eye-level with kids.
“It’s simple,” he explained about how he lives his life. “I try to treat people the way I want to be treated.”