Dave Grohl's tribute to teachers at Biden inauguration

Foo Fighters star has long been an advocate for teachers and made sure they were appreciated at Joe Biden's inauguration
21st January 2021, 12:53pm
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Dave Grohl's tribute to teachers at Biden inauguration

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The Foo Fighters' Frontman, Dave Grohl, Dedicated His Music Performance At Us President Joe Biden's Inauguration To Teachers

Yesterday, as Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States, a sea of flags fluttered in front of the Capitol Building. They represented the crowds of people that were unable to attend the inauguration ceremony this year.  

However, six "everyday" Americans were invited to be part of the event, by being featured in the Celebrating America concert special, which capped off the inauguration. Mackenzie Adams, a kindergarten (Reception) teacher from Lake Stevens, Washington, was one of those Americans. 

Adams introduced a performance by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.

Foo Fighters' tribute to teachers at Joe Biden inauguration

Grohl began by honouring Mackenzie and his own mother, who was also a teacher, before going on to dedicate his performance to all teachers. 

"Mackenzie Adams reminds me of another outstanding teacher who holds a very special place in my heart. My mother Virginia, who was a public school teacher for 35 years," said Grohl. 

"Like Mackenzie and [first lady] Dr Jill Biden, she was also a mentor to her students, remembered long after their graduation."

He went on to speak about how this year has been particularly challenging for teachers, but that "through dedication and creativity, they faced those challenges head-on".

On the Foo Fighters' YouTube channel, the recording of Grohl's performance is accompanied by the message: "To teachers everywhere, Thank You. This is in your honor."

You can watch the full speech and performance here:

Teachers all over the world expressed their gratitude for the shout-out from the rock star.

Me, hearing Dave Grohl dedicate my fave foos song to teachers: pic.twitter.com/6U4ndD9KUa

- Actual Human Bean (@merppenguin) January 21, 2021

Thank you. I am a Teacher, as are many of my closest friends. Thank you for noticing us, for praising us, and for giving us such a public platform through you. We matter too. #foofighters #teachers #InaugurationDay #davegrohl

- Gemma Stacey-Harvey (@gemjamgammatron) January 21, 2021

On days when my job seems extra hard, I'm going to remember this. Dave Grohl is out here making me cry the good kind of tears. Thank you from this teacher. ??

- Mary (@mary_jolley1) January 21, 2021

For some it was a reminder that they have "got this".

We're all making a difference every day. We got this, teachers.

Also, how epic is Dave Grohl? ? https://t.co/rmQzseD5LV

- Mr Lawson (@MrLawsonChem) January 21, 2021

This is not the first time that Grohl has spoken in support of teachers. The Foo Fighters frontman paid an impassioned tribute to the profession last July.

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