Eydie Hammaker filled each glass, 13 in all, carefully. Then she placed them in a good spot by the window, on a table draped with the American flag.
Eydie and her husband Paul are the owners of District House of Tap. They were among several local restaurant owners who joined others across the nation in honoring the 13 U.S. service members killed last week in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.
“I had the biggest lump in my throat when I was pouring those beers,” she said. “I did it with intention and reverence. It was truly an honor.”
Bubba’s 33, World of Beer, Bright Light Brewing Company, Mac’s Speed Shop and Texas Roadhouse also served up 13 beers in honor of the fallen.
At Frostings Cakeshop in Hope Mills, owners Palaran and Solomon Miller set a table with 13 cupcakes and 13 to-go cups of coffee.
“Having experienced the military life and having a father and son-in-law that served in our armed forces, it hits home every single time we hear one of our heroes have fallen,” the owners wrote in a post on social media. “As a small token of our appreciation and also our condolences to the families of these brave men and women, we wanted to honor them for their bravery. We are all of different races and of different backgrounds but one thing we do have in common is that we are Americans, and we are proud.”