9/11 Memorial Guards Tell Kids to Stop Singing Nat'l Anthem [Video]

Submitted by: fancylad 10 months ago News & Politics

The New York Post has good coverage of the incident as well.

Seems a bit excessive, no? A demonstration?

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Male 3,992
Yesterday I sent a letter to the 9/11 memorial conveying my thoughts and feelings in this matter. To those concerned I was respectful but also conveyed my belief that the dogmatic use of their policies against those who were simply attempting to show respect for the lives lost on September 11 does indeed tarnish the memorial and it's purpose. The letter they sent me was as follows:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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Male 3,992
Dear Mr.--------, Thank you for your email. We absolutely understand your concern over this matter. All of us here at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum remain committed to our mission of honoring and remembering those killed on September 11, 2001 through a peaceful and reflective environment. We respect that people choose to memorialize loss in different ways – some choose to do so through quiet reflection and others do so through song. The Memorial’s rules and regulations ensure that all visitors can reflect peacefully, while also offering the occasional opportunity for individuals and groups to express themselves in other ways. While security is required to enforce the rules and regulations, they should do so in an appropriate manner. We acknowledge that this situation was not handled properly, and is not reflective of our organization. We are working with our security staff to ensure that this does not happen again with future student performances, and as of Monday, the 9/11 Memorial has spoken to the Principal of Waynesville Middle School, asking that our apologies be shared with the choir and all of their students. Thank you for your feedback and we hope you have a nice day. Warm Regards, 9/11 Memorial
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Male 6,165
Alright good! Glad to hear it!
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Male 6,165
Rules be rules. What if they were singing the national anthem while showing/giving out fliers. Either you let everyone do this or you let no one. You decide which is which.
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Male 3,992
@normalfreak2: If they were handing out flyers then they would be attempting to convey and spread a message. In this instance the students were singing the national anthem as a sign of respect for those who lost their live. Their motives were not political or meant to convey a message and I think that is a very big difference. Had their intentions been to spread a message then I would agree that they should have paid for a permit. But the 9/11 memorial was created for people to remember the victims of 9/11 and pay their respects which is what these students were doing and that does not require a permit. The 9/11 memorial themselves are accepting responsibility that this matter was handled inappropriately and also acknowledge that the purpose of the memorial is to memorialize those lost and that people are indeed allowed to do this via song.
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Male 3,992
The 9/11 memorial asks does indeed require people to pay $35 to get a permit to conduct a "demonstration," depending on what they consider a demonstration. Although they also welcomes any feedback, comments and/or questions via the email [email protected] or you can go this link.
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Male 128
It was right to let them know it's illegal to have demonstrations at national monuments without filing to do so. Sadly yet typically, security failed to exercise tact so the children left with disdain for authority. If they were from a city school, police lives would be at risk when these kids turn 12-14 years old. To security everywhere: you are uneducated and fairly useless to society. Your complete lack of skills has led you to one of the lowest paying jobs in society. No one trusts your judgement; bookmark this page and re-read this comment the next time you feel like doing something because there's a pretty good chance you should either leave or call someone qualified to make decisions.
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Male 195
This a joke, right?
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Male 2,398
WTF? They would have been finished in another 20 seconds.
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