Tourists at the Lincoln Memorial were treated to a major performance.
A video of a tourist killing it with an impromptu rendition of the national anthem at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., has gone viral — receiving over 14 million views on Facebook alone.
The delightful video features an initially shy Star Swain being coaxed by a man behind the camera to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in the undeniably appropriate location. After some light arm-twisting, Swain finally gives in and belts out a pitch-perfect performance that will make you beam with patriotic pride.
At the end of the song, a gathered crowd applauds as the assistant principal from Tallahassee, Florida, walks away from the spot where she sang, seeming to be embarrassed by her beautiful outburst — despite people coming up to her to sing their praises.
Since the video was posted to YouTube on June 16, Swain has received an outpouring of admiration:
“I haven’t heard the anthem sung with this much passion since Whitney Houston did back in 1990 at Super Bowl 25 … as a retired Marine you made me feel awesome,” said one commenter on YouTube.
Another vet on Facebook remarked:
“I’m a combat veteran and I’ve laid many soldiers and friends to rest in defense of our nation. Every time I hear the anthem it means the world to me, but when I hear it sung with conviction and strength it makes me even more proud to have served this country because people like you make America worth fighting for … so thank you.”
Swain still seems to be surprised by the attention she’s received for her random performance:
We guess you can say a Star is born.