Cole Swindell’s performance of his latest hit single, “You Should Be Here,” was finished, and the Fox News anchors had returned to reporting the news of the day. The news of shootings, deaths, crime and crooks went back to taking center stage on that May 9 broadcast.
But what happened after that performance had the makings of the best news of the day.
Because after his breathtaking performance, Cole took the time to stop and listen to the stories of the audience of 9/11 survivors assembled at his performance, which was the first live concert event from the World Trade Center terrace overlooking the Freedom Tower.
“It’s weird that songs like this have such a different meaning to so many different people and that’s not what you intended, but…” explained a man who was a member of the FDNY Engine 238 that “lost a lot of friends that day.”
“Today is what I intended,” Cole tells the man emotionally. “I want people to know that I lost my dad in a freak accident. Everyone has their own story, but it’s such an honor to be here.”
As another woman expressed her appreciation to Cole for coming to sing the song, he continued, saying, “I promise you that we will never forget.”