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Liberty Street Diner join waitress to sing US national anthem

Customers at the Liberty Street Diner in this West Virginia town don't sing for their supper. They sing for their country.

Every day at noon, customers join waitress Judy Hawkins in a sing-along with a local radio station's broadcast of the American national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Hawkins said she started singing the national anthem several months ago and it is now a daily ritual.

"We just think it's good to honor ("The Star-Spangled Banner"). The public enjoys it. They stop eating and join in," she said.

Hawkins said she and her co-workers like to have fun, but singing the national anthem is no joke.

"We take `The Star-Spangled Banner' very seriously," she said.