Trussville, Alabama residents celebrated the ribbon cutting for their new Walmart pick-up service earlier this week in a unique way. Instead of a standard cutting with large scissors for a pool of photographers, Walmart employee Sabrina Barnes sang the National Anthem. Her powerful rendition was filled with more meaning than anyone would have guessed.
“My son just joined the military,” Barnes told the Trussville Tribune. “He is in basic training I actually haven’t had any contact with him now for about two weeks. He has a baby on the way and will not be here to see his daughter born which also is his first child.”
Both Barnes and the gathered crowd were overwhelmed with the emotion of the situation.
“My passion came from understanding the sacrifice my son and all service men and women are making to protect our country,” Barnes said. “I never truly understood the emotional part of not knowing when you will, and for some if you will ever, see your love one again. I had to give my son to the U.S. government and I did it proudly because I was proud of him for standing up saying ‘I want to protect my family I want to protect my country I want to become a man of service.'”
God bless America and our service men and women.