Over the weekend, one Cleveland man surprised Wal-Mart shoppers in Osage Beach, Missouri, by belting out the national anthem over the intercom. Now, a video of James Fruits' proud display of the patriotic tune has gone viral, receiving hundreds of thousands of views on social media platforms.
Missouri TV station KRCG 13 caught up with the crooner Monday to find out the story behind the song. Fruits said he was egged on by a friend on Facebook to make a video of himself singing our nation's anthem in a Wal-Mart.
Originally, he sang the tune in the store's flag aisle, but once some of the employees heard his vocal prowess, they insisted he move to the main intercom. The employees also bestowed Fruits with a $10 gift card and sweet Wal-Mart cape.
At the end of his "Star-Spangled Banner" rendition, Fruits rightly told his store audience, "God bless America." And everyone cheered.