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School choir's impromptu performance at restaurant leads to donation

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The Cape Central concert choir received a donation from a group of veterans Thursday morning all because they gave an impromptu performance.

The donation was a show of appreciation to the choir after they stopped by a McDonald's restaurant after a performance in October and sang for a group of regulars.

Some men from the group went to the school Thursday to give the choir a check.

The Cape Central High School choir sang the national anthem at the kickoff for the 2015 MSHSAA State Girls Volleyball Championships at the Show Me Center on Friday, Oct. 30.

One their way back, they stopped at the McDonald's on Broadway for some breakfast.

A group of men who regularly meet for coffee at the McDonald's started talking with the high schoolers about their field trip. 

Rev. David Dissen asked if the group would perform the anthem for them.

After getting permission from restaurant management, the choir performed the national anthem for the folks enjoying breakfast who rose to their feet with hands over their hearts for the song.

The next morning, the group came back again after performing at the volleyball tournament and was asked to sing the national anthem a second time for the same group of men.

One of the men says the impromptu performance is something he'll remember for the rest of his life.

The group was so impressed by the choir that they took up a donation for the group. 

"It is so great to see this patriotism in these young people," said Rev. David Dissen, one of the men who led the fundraiser. "We know that freedom is not free. And these students realize that freedom is not free. And then have the opportunity to sing the national anthem because others before have served the country and are serving it right now and I just want to see that patriotic spirit continue. And above all I also want to see their God-given talents utilized the way that they are using their talents now."

While they wouldn't say how much was raised, they did say McDonald's matched the donation made by the group of men.

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