Saying they’ve done the routine every year since 2002, a Lumberton High School cheerleading coach explains that a tribute to the victims of 9/11 that has now gone viral was meant “to honor and remember the first responders, those who gave their lives, and those who still mourn the hole left by lost loved ones.”
The routine was tastefully done, and featured Lee Greenwood’s song God Bless the U.S.A. mixed with audio of various news reports from that tragic day, as well as comments made by President George W. Bush after the attacks.
A cheer squad from Texas is taking over Facebook with a video of a routine they performed to honor the anniversary of 9/11.
Crystalynn Petoskey, a student at Lumberton High School in Texas, uploaded a video of the routine to her Facebook page on Friday, the 14th anniversary of the attacks.
The cheerleaders started their routine with a dance to “God Bless the U.S.A.”
They then cheered and tumbled to audio of reports from the day the towers fell, including some of the comments then-President George W. Bush made after the attacks.
And they ended the routine by holding up an American flag and spelling out “U.S.A.”
One cheerleader took to Twitter to explain her squad’s reasoning for doing the routine.
The Lumberton cheerleaders would like you to watch our appreciation & acknowledgement for the ones effected in 9/11 https://t.co/beopfL0zYs
— heather stanley (@heatherbstan) September 12, 2015
The video, seen below, has been viewed over 22 million times as of this posting…
Cheerleaders 9/11 routine. So good, it’ll make you cry.
Posted by Crystalynn Petoskey on Friday, September 11, 2015
While a majority of people that have seen the video offered positive feedback, there were a few negative comments.
One Twitter user noted the routine was “cringeworthy,” while another claimed the cheerleaders had made the memory of 9/11 ‘all about them.’
While it certainly stands to reason that on the surface, a cheer routine might not be the best association for a tribute on 9/11 – it is clear the intentions of this cheerleading squad were in the right place. They were trying to honor the victims of 9/11. Perhaps schools in America could stand to make a similar effort in remembering the lives lost that day.
Comment: We want to know what you think – Was the cheerleading routine a tasteful tribute to the victims of 9/11, or should a cheer routine never be associated with such a tragic day?