A high school football team from Southern California has gone viral after footage of their pre-game entrance to the stadium was posted online last Friday, Oct. 20.
Burroughs High School football team in Ridgecrest marched into the football field all holding and waving large American flags as the song “God Bless the U.S.A.” rang out on the public address stadium, Fox News reported.
The video, posted by parent Tina Haugen on Facebook spread like wildfire, gaining over 5.5 million views and nearly 160,000 shares as of Oct. 24.
Comments underneath the video were overwhelmingly positive with many praising the land of the free.
“Thank you for sharing your video! Awesome place to live! Proud to be an American,” one person wrote.
“Finally, some parents teaching our youth the true meaning of our flag,” another wrote. “Just getting away from politics to watch kids play football is awesome.”
Watch the video below.
Some NFL players have knelt during the national anthem, in what started as a protest centered on police brutality against minorities. But many fans questioned whether it was the right venue or time to inject political commentary in a sports game.
Several listeners from the Todd Starnes Radio show pointed out the major difference between how high school football players treat the American flag and how professional football players treat it.
“The kids have been frustrated with what’s going on across the country with players taking a knee,” head coach Todd Mather told the Todd Starnes Show. “I told the kids that politics don’t have a place in high school sports. I told them we stand for the national anthem. That’s what you do as an American in this country.”
That’s just what the coach and his team did on Friday night’s homecoming game, bringing many in the audience to tears as they watched the soul-stirring moment.
“There wasn’t a dry eye in the stands – including myself,” the coach told the show.
As the song ended, the game announcer told the crowd that they were living in the “best country on the face of this Earth.”
“At Burroughs football game – we are standing,” the announcer declared. “We are standing for the national anthem.”
Parent Haugen who filmed the incredible moment told the show that everyone was ecstatic over the patriotic display.
“It was absolutely amazing,” she said. “Our community is unbelievably patriotic. Everybody was clapping and cheering.”
Amid the controversial national anthem protests, these high school players have reminded the nation that there are plenty of citizens who are proud to be Americans.
Some fans have been so turned off by the protests that they have started a movement to boycott the NFL.
One Facebook community page titled “Boycott the NFL” has over 162,000 followers as of Oct. 24.