>>Deborah: WE’VE AIRED THIS
STORY IN THE PAST, BUT WITH MEMORIAL DAY JUST AHEAD, WE
THOUGHT WE’D BRING BACK THIS FEATURE ABOUT A PLACE THAT’S
BEEN CALLED THE MOST PATRIOTIC COFFEE SHOP IN THE COUNTRY.>>Reporter: LOOK FOR THE
STAR-SPANGLED BANNER WAVING OVER MAIN STREET AND YOU HAVE ARRIVED
AT THE SATURDAY MORNING GO-TO PLACE FOR EVERY VETERAN WITHIN
DRIVING DISTANCE. STARTING AT 9:00 A.M., THE
VOLUNTEER BAND IS TUNING UP FOR A FRIENDLY JAM SESSION. AND THE VOLUNTEER BARISTAS HAVE
THE COFFEE FLOWING.>>THE POT WILL HOLD A HUNDRED
GALLONS, AND I’LL PROBABLY EMPTY IT BEFORE THE DAY’S OVER.>>Reporter: THE COFFEE HERE IS
MUCH BETTER THAN MILITARY ISSUE, BUT THIS GATHERING PLACE HAS
BECOME KNOWN AMONG VETS FOR MUCH MORE THAN THE HOT DRINKS.>>THE COFFEE SHOP AND THE
PEOPLE THAT I MET AND EVERYTHING, UH, CHANGED MY LIFE,
AND TO THIS DAY, I GIVE EVERY DAY I’M HERE, EVERY DAY
I CAN GET HERE.>>THE COFFEE SHOP, TO ME,
REPRESENTS A PLACE OF HEALING.>>WELL, YOU GET TO TALK TO
PEOPLE THAT KNOW WHAT YOUR FEELINGS ARE AND
WHAT’S GOING ON.>>I HEARD ONE GUY HAD GONE OVER
TO THE V.A. IN SALISBURY, AND SOMEBODY OVER THERE TOLD HIM TO
COME OVER HERE. HE WAS HAVING A HARD TIME
DEALING WITH, YOU KNOW, LIFE IN GENERAL, AND HE SAID THE BEST
THING THEY TOLD HIM WAS TO COME OVER AND GET A CUP OF COFFEE.>>Reporter: THIS IS WHERE HE
GOT HIS MEDICINE.>>HE COME OVER AND GOT HIS
MEDICINE HERE. HE GOT SOME COFFEE.>>I’M 88 YEARS OLD, OKAY? SO I’VE BEEN AROUND AWHILE. I’VE NEVER SEEN A PLACE IN THIS
WORLD THAT I’VE BEEN THAT IS AS FRIENDLY THAN — THAN THERE IS
IN MOORESVILLE, I SWEAR. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING.>>Reporter: THE COFFEE SHOP
CAME INTO EXISTENCE THANKS TO RICHARD WARREN, A VETERAN
HIMSELF WHO PASSED AWAY BEFORE HE EVER GOT TO SEE THE FINAL
FRUITS OF HIS LABOR. HE CREATED THE NONPROFIT
ORGANIZATION WELCOME HOME VETS, INCORPORATED. IT GOES HAND IN HAND
WITH THE COFFEE SHOP. THIS MILITARY MUSEUM AT THE
ENTRANCE TO THE COFFEE LOUNGE IS LOADED WITH DONATED MATERIALS
FROM MANY OF RICHARD’S FRIENDS, ACQUAINTANCES, AND FROM OTHERS
AROUND THE COMMUNITY. LYNN KING RECENTLY VOLUNTEERED
HIS TIME TO HELP DESIGN AND BUILD THE EXHIBITION ROOM.>>THAT’S NOT IMPORTANT. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING
ARE THE VOLUNTEERS. I HAD ABOUT EIGHT TO 12 MEN
EVERY DAY FOR SEVEN WEEKS, AND WE DID THIS PLACE OVER.>>Reporter: THE EXHIBITS COVER
EVERYTHING FROM THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR TO THE WORLD
WARS, EVERY ERA LEADING UP TO THE PRESENT DAY. THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR
ADMISSION, BUT ANY EXTRA DOLLARS FROM COFFEE SALES OR DONATIONS
GOES IN TO HELPING VETERANS AND EVEN OTHERS IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE.>>THIS IS FOR THE COMMUNITY. WE CATER SPECIFICALLY TO THE
VETERANS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. BUT EVERYONE IS WELCOME, BECAUSE
THERE ARE PEOPLE WALKING AROUND IN MAINSTREAM SOCIETY THAT HAVE
DEMONS, AND WE WILL WELCOME THEM HERE AND HELP THEM IN ANY
WAY WE CAN.>>Reporter: THERE ARE SOME
FASCINATING PEOPLE HERE. WITHIN THIS ROOM, I MET NO FEWER
THAN FIVE WORLD WAR II VETERANS. ROD McFARQUHAR SURVIVED THE
NORMANDY INVASION ONLY TO RUN INTO A GERMAN DECAPITATING WIRE
A FEW DAYS LATER IN BELGIUM. HE SURVIVED IT BUT SPENT THE
REST OF THE WAR RECUPERATING. AND ON THE DAY OF THIS
INTERVIEW, LEN McCUTCHEN WAS CELEBRATING THE 72nd ANNIVERSARY
OF HIS FIRST DAY IN THE INFANTRY, BUT THE BEST STORIES
MIGHT BE THE FRIENDLY RIBBING THEY GIVE TO ONE ANOTHER.>>WE HAD A JOKE CAME THROUGH
THE OTHER DAY ABOUT, UH, GIVING THE FOLLOWING ORDER. SECURE THE BUILDING. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN? THE NAVY WOULD LOCK IT AND TURN
OUT THE LIGHTS. THE ARMY WOULD ESTABLISH A
PERIMETER AND KILL ANYBODY WHO CAME INSIDE. MARINES WOULD BLOW IT TO
SMITHEREENS AND CLEAR IT OUT AND LEAVE IT A HOLE. THE AIR FORCE, ON THE OTHER
HAND, WOULD RENT IT FOR SIX MONTHS AND TAKE IT WITH
AN OPTION TO BUY. SO THIS IS THE WAY WE —
WE GO AT IT.>>Reporter: YOU GET COFFEE,
CULTURE, AND AS MUCH OR AS LITTLE CONVERSATION AS YOU WANT
ON SATURDAY MORNINGS AT RICHARD’S COFFEE SHOP
IN MOORESVILLE. I’M RICK SULLIVAN FOR “NORTH
CAROLINA WEEKEND.”