A high school cheerleading squad’s stunning 9/11 memorial routine, set to audio from the day of the attacks, went viral after being posted online (video below).
In a video of the routine, students at Lumberton High School in Lumberton, Texas, are seen beginning their routine with a dance set to the song, "God Bless the U.S.A."
Next, the cheerleaders begin tumbling and cheering to audio of news reports from Sept. 11, 2001, when the twin towers fell in New York City. Audio of then-president George W. Bush making a statement on the attacks can be heard.
The video received mostly positive responses, with many praising the tribute as moving.
“Just watched the Lumberton cheerleader’s 9/11 performance and it gave me chills,” one viewer wrote. “That was awesome.”
Another viewer called it the “best thing” she’d ever watched, and others said it left them “speechless.”
Not all of the responses were positive, with some calling it “cringeworthy” and distasteful.
“Just watched part of a video in which high school cheerleaders did a 'tribute to 9/11.' America, where tasteless tat passes for homage,” one viewer wrote.
The squad’s coach later told Buzzfeed News that they do the same routine every year and have since 2002 — adding that she did the routine while in school.
“We do this because we believe it is very important to honor and remember the first responders, those who gave their lives, and those who still mourn the hole left by lost loved ones,” coach Lauren Sheffield said.
“The girls are very dedicated in all they do," she added. "They take it very seriously, and know that being a cheerleader is more than just 'Friday Night Lights'; it’s making a difference in the lives of our community.”
Watch a video of the routine below. Do you think it was a moving tribute, or was it in poor taste?
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