Murfreesboro coffee shop serving up big helping of patriotism

Murfreesboro coffee shop serving up big helping of patriotism

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Along with lattes and cappuccinos, a local coffee shop is serving up a big helping of patriotism.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon, Reveille Coffee Company on the square in Murfreesboro plays The Star-Spangled Banner.

Owner Matthew O'Dell, who's an Army veteran, played the anthem for the first time last Friday.

"It allows us to show that a small body of people can still show their patriotism, still show their support to the United States and the military who have defended our country and our flag," he said.

Irene Mockabee drove to the coffee shop from Shelbyville. It was a surprise for her husband, who served 20 years in the Air Force.

"I didn't tell him what it was. I told him, I said, 'I have a surprise just for you!' So he was excited. So when he saw the flag, he figured it out when they started playing the national anthem. So, it was a tribute to him," she said.

O'Dell says he's had everyone from 3-year-olds to 75-year-olds show up at the coffee shop to hear the anthem.

"Hopefully we can start to bring back those truths we knew as kids. I'm 30 years old. I remember, as a kid, performing the national anthem at school functions. I remember saying the Pledge of Allegiance in class, and we've gotten away from it, unfortunately," he said.

So far, every customer who's been there when it played has stood up, but O'Dell says it's not required because it is a free country and people can stand or sit if they want to.

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