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Cheerleading routine set to the sounds of 9/11 goes viral with 26M views

Published 17/09/2015 | 10:49

A cheerleading routine set to sound recordings from 9/11 has been viewed on Facebook over 26 million times.

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Lumberton High School in Texas has attracted worldwide attention after student Crystalynn Petoskey posted a video of the routine to her Facebook page.

The routine begins with a recording of a 911 call on the fateful day.

The cheerleaders perform to a rendition of 'God Bless The U.S.A' before audio of reports from the the towers falling is played into the auditorium. Comments made by George Bush after the attacks can also be heard.

The routine finished with the cheerleaders holding up the American flag and spelling out 'U.S.A' in groups.

Student cheerleader Heather Stanley wrote on Twitter that the routine was intended as "appreciation and acknowledgement" of the victims of the tragedy. Speaking to Buzzfeed News, the squad's coach said that the girls have done a 9/11 tribute every year since 2002, and take it "very seriously".

"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", she told Buzzfeed.

"Being a cheerleader is more than just Friday Night Lights; it’s making a difference in the lives of our community".

Social media reaction has been split, with comments ranging from "it gave me chills, that was awesome!" to "tasteless tat, pass(ed) for homage".

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