NFL kneeling protests are still a heated debate; a unique voice joins the conversation

WUSA9 found a unique voice to bring into this conversation -- one you might remember.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - People are still talking about NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem. WUSA 9 found a unique voice to bring into this conversation -- one you might remember.

It was summer 2016 at the Lincoln Memorial when a woman said while being recorded on a cell phone, “I'm scared.”

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That woman was an Assistant Principal from Tallahassee, Florida named Star Swain. She closed her eyes and then belted out a hair-raising rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Her voice echoed through the memorial. By the 7th verse, you see the crowd stop in its tracks.

The video went viral with more than 34.2 million views on one platform alone.

It's making its rounds again. Only this time because of, you guessed it, the NFL kneeling controversy.

One 'Youtuber' suggested she be contracted to tour sports fields and, "teach those take a knee hypocrite athletes what standing is for."

We decided to reach out to the now DC celebrity. Some of you may not like this, but she did use the word stand in her answer.

"I think that you know, all of us, as Americans, must actually stand for what American stands for and that's Democracy, that's freedom, and that's just the right to be heard,” said Swain.

That's why she says she does not have a problem with players kneeling.

"I don't believe that they're against America or that they don't truly believe in our soldiers,” Swain said on Facetime, “I believe they're just trying to give a message."

You can see in the video her voice brought all kinds of people together.

She's still singing and respects the song she's singing. Swain says she just hopes both sides can talk -- have a discussion, instead of fighting. 

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