I have a confession: I always tear up when I hear the National Anthem.
But a security guard at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City didn’t become emotional when a middle school choir began singing it at the memorial. He stopped them and gave them a reprimand.
You see, the Waynesville Middle School choir from North Carolina thought it would be meaningful and patriotic to sing the Star Spangled Banner at the site where America experienced one of its darkest days in 2001. They requested and received a verbal approval from a guard present, according to a woman who recorded the performance.
But they were interrupted halfway through their performance by another security guard who admonished them that they needed a permit. They were told to “cease and desist,” because the area is treated like a “burial site.”
The entire video of the interrupted performance was posted at Facebook.
I can see why it might be out-of-place to perform songs at such a solemn place as the 9/11 Memorial, but to deny singing of the National Anthem? And by young impressionable students upon whom you wish to impress love of country? What kind of message is that?
Welcome to Mayor de Blasio’s New York City, where Black Lives Matter protesters can march and threaten police, but middle schoolers trying to sing the Star Spangled Banner at the 9/11 Memorial are halted because they didn’t have the proper paperwork filled out and submitted.
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