In the two days since Lumberton High School student Crystalynn Petoskey posted a video of her Texas school's cheerleading squad performing a routine remembering the 9/11 terror attacks, the clip has gone viral.
As of Sunday night, it's been viewed over 21 million times on Facebook and it's still climbing fast.
The routine featured audio from news reports broadcasted on September 11, 2001, along with victims' voice mails left for loved ones and statements from then-President George W. Bush. Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A." was the musical score.
Check it out:
Cheerleaders 9/11 routine. So good, it'll make you cry.Posted by Crystalynn Petoskey on Friday, September 11, 2015
"So good, it'll make you cry," Petoskey wrote.
Students in the gymnasium loved the routine, as did many folks commenting about it on Twitter:
But some weren't thrilled:
Just watched part of a video in which high school cheerleaders did a "tribute to 9/11." America, where tasteless tat passes for homage.— Elaine Liner (@LinerElaine)September 12, 2015
Just watched cheerleaders do a routine to the terrified phone calls from 9/11 pic.twitter.com/8pg7yJIDSh— Student Dr. Meow (@DoctorMeowskis) September 12, 2015
Ya because it's definitely okay to have cheerleaders dancing to the last phone calls of the victims during 9/11. https://t.co/fwTx8BXxBG— Emily Goodman (@Emgoodyy) September 13, 2015
The cheerleading coach Lauren Sheffield told BuzzFeed News the squad has performed a 9/11 tribute routine ever since 2002.
“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,” Sheffield said.
Tell us in the comments below what you think of the performance that's capturing so much attention this weekend.
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