There are so many brave men and women who risk their lives to defend our country and keep us safe! We ought to be more thankful to these service men and women for all they do, and we should also recognize the amazing sacrifices that their families make. Sabrina Barnes is a proud mother from Trussville, Alabama who’s son just left for basic training.
And, just like her son, Barnes is also very patriotic and passionate about supporting our troops. Barnes, who works at Walmart, was filmed singing a stunning rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in the store. The video was posted online and it has since gone viral! “My son just joined the military. 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,” Barnes said. “I started to cry when I sang it. The song has more meaning to me now,” she further divulged to AL.com. “I didn’t get to see [my son] off because I had the flu. All of this happened on my birthday, so it’s been an emotional time.”
Barnes said that she hasn’t really sung in public since middle school, but she agreed to lead the national anthem at the ribbon cutting ceremony after her assistant manager requested her to. The manager knew she had talent, and Barnes felt honored to have the opportunity to perform. “My passion came from understanding the sacrifice my son and all service men and women are making to protect our country. I never truly understood the emotional part of not knowing when you will, and for some, if you will ever, see your loved one again,” Barnes said. “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.'”
Watch Barnes perform in the video below:
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