OTSEGO, Mich. (CBS Local) — A Michigan man who serenades his neighbors with “God Bless America” twice a day says he’ll keep singing until the state’s stay-at-home order is lifted.
David Youngs has been carrying his microphone and speaker out to his front porch in Otsego everyday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., rain or shine, since Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued the stay-at-home order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on March 24.READ MORE: CDC: New Listeria Outbreak Tied To 23 Illnesses, 1 Death
After setting up, he steps onto his porch steps and begins to sing.
“‘God Bless America’ is really a prayer,” he told WOOD. “I just thought it would be a way of praying over the neighborhood, of bringing people together.”
The song "God Bless America" echos through a neighborhood in Otsego at 1 p.m. daily since the stay-at-home order.https://t.co/TsGyCxSlhq
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The retired Kalamazoo Central High School teacher and former pastor said the singing carries on what he has always done.READ MORE: Red Wings Hire Lightning Assistant Derek Lalonde As Coach
“I love to inspire people,” he says.
Neighbors say the daily serenade helps them feel less isolated during the stay-at-home order.
“I love it. When I see that flag, too, that blesses me. It makes me…,” Dianne Timmerman says as she pauses to take in the emotion. “Anyway, I love it.”MORE NEWS: Troubling Arsenic Levels Found At Some Detroit Demolition Sites
“It’s a comfort,” says Matt Grile. “You hear it and you know your neighbors are out, and they’re okay.”