A McDonald’s employee in small-town America brought customers to their feet during a beautiful rousing rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner on Independence Day.
In the close-knit community of Spencer, Iowa, which has a population of about 11,000, Andrew Wallace and his fellow workers were determined to give their customers a great July 4th.
Originally Andrew was just planning on playing music for his colleagues to celebrate Independence Day but after wowing them, one of the managers suggested he play for the guests.
As he steps out and begins playing, customers stop eating and stand for them anthem, remove their hats and listen quietly before giving Andrew, aged 17, a round of applause at the end.
Andrew, who has been playing violin for about 12 years, surprised customers various times throughout the day with his beautiful performance.
He said: “I brought my violin that day to entertain the employees, but during the day we jointly decided for me to play an appropriate piece for some of the local guests we know.
“A manager suggested I play The Star-Spangled Banner for the guests to not only entertain them but to also celebrate the holiday in a unique way.
“It was raining and stormy outside at times but was refreshing to see guests stand and remove their hats in honor of our National Anthem.”
Kristy Mills, one of the managers at the McDonalds, captured some of Andrew’s performance on camera.
She said: “He’s such a talented young man taking pride in serving his customers to his fullest potential.
“We love our customers and do what we can to make sure they enjoy their visit as much as their food.
“Andrew is truly an amazing young man with a kind heart playing The Star-Spangled Banner to help celebrate Independence Day with our customers.”