As professional sports players continue to kneel or raise their fists in protest during the performing of the national anthem, many high school students across America are now stepping up to be role models of patriotism, with the latest being a high school football team in southern California.
Videos are already going viral of a pre-game show by the Burroughs High School football team in Ridgecrest, California, Friday night, as the entire team entered the field carrying large American flags, while a recording of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” played over the loudspeaker.
As the song ended, the game announcer proudly declared, “At the Burroughs’ football game, we’re standing – we’re standing for the national anthem!” Then, he instructed the audience to direct their attention to the flag at the end of the football field – “to the colors that fly for the best country on the face of this earth, and our national anthem.”
After the school band had finished playing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” he came on the loudspeaker again and told everyone to stay on their feet and keep looking to the south, because “we’ve got something coming in for you.” Curious murmurs were heard in the audience, and then he came back on the speaker, reminding them, “We support the military base,” and announced that two F-18s were coming in from a local squadron. Cheers erupted from the crowd as the military flyover completed the patriotic pre-game show.
It was Homecoming Night for the Burroughs team, and they won against the Oak Hills team, 20-17. The date was 10/20/17.
Burroughs head coach, Todd Mather, said in an interview after the game: “We live in a military town and the kids have been frustrated with all the recent events going on. They wanted to show that we are lucky to live in the greatest country on earth and that we ALL need to get back to respecting our flag and national anthem. We wanted to show the power of our community, our team’s brotherhood and to stand on the shoulder of our parents and grandparents, who instilled the respect, integrity, character and work ethic in us for this great country and community.”
Several parents in the audience posted videos of the event on their Facebook pages. The videos are going viral, with one by Tina Marie already garnering over 2.5 million views. Marie commented on her Facebook page that she was notified that the video has already been seen by U.S. military members in Afghanistan. The videos are getting rave reviews, with many people saying it made them cry to watch it and others saying they have watched it over and over. One comment made repeatedly was that the NFL should take lessons from these high school students.
“Our so called professional adult, (?????????), should take lessons from this group of young and proud youth and citizens.”
“Local high school sets example for The NFL.”
“I am so PROUD of the Burroughs High School Football Team!! God Bless You All, and Thank you for showing ALL OF US Your Patriotism!! This is how it is supposed to be.”
“High school showing up the pros.”
“Imagine how many people would be watching the NFL if they did this.”
The performance was similar to another patriotic pre-game display by a Fannin County High School team in Northern Georgia on September 29.
Watch videos of the Burroughs High School football team showing their patriotism below.
The following two versions include the national anthem and the military flyover, as well.
Local ABC23 reporter Jessica Harrington also re-posted Tina Marie’s video, but with the camera angle corrected, making it easier to view:
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