Cheerleaders 9/11 routine. So good, it'll make you cry.Posted by Crystalynn Petoskey on Friday, September 11, 2015
The cheer squad at Lumberton High School is speaking out against claims that their 9/11 tribute routine was insensitive.
Cheer sponsor Lauren Sheffield told E! News that members of the Texas-based team take their annual tradition of commemorating the 2001 terrorist attacks "very seriously," adding, "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."
On Friday, the team's routine to "God Bless the U.S.A." which included audio remarks from President George W. Bush and news reports surrounding the event, was uploaded to Facebook. Since then, the performance has been viewed a staggering 22 million times and counting, prompting many to weigh in on the controversy surrounding the viral video.