As millionaires in the NFL continue to protest the national anthem and the American flag, one California high school football team decided they wanted to display their patriotism and love for the American flag during their homecoming game on Friday night.
Every football player at Sherman E. Burroughs High School football team in Ridgecrest, California, walked onto the field carrying an American flag as God Bless the USA played on the stadiums’ PA system on Friday in the team’s 20-17 win over Oak Hills.
The team gathered together on the field in a line as the national anthem played and a pair of F-18s flew over the field.
The video — originally posted on Facebook — gained over 3 million views and over 100,000 shares in under 72 hours.
Hundreds commented on the video and how proud they were of the young men for showing respect to the American flag and national anthem.
“I just shared this post from last nights homecoming game in Ridgecrest,” John Faber wrote. “I want all my friends and family to see how respectful this little town is, and how proud I am to be considered part of this school.”
Members of the U.S. military stationed in Iraq viewed the video and were appreciative of the young men as they noted the effect that the video had on their spirits.
“Just watched this video from Iraq a few minutes ago and I couldn’t be more proud of Y'all,” Justin Smith wrote. “Great job boys, way to stand up for your country and show your appreciation for being an American. It makes it a lot easier for us overseas knowing we have support from guys like you. Shoutout to your head coach and coaching staff as well. I tip my cap to the parents, family, and friends of these players. Makes me proud to call Ridgecrest home. Way to go guys.”