Memorial Day weekend is a time when many Americans have barbeque events, fellowship with loved ones, and otherwise celebrate the sacrifices of those who paid the ultimate price to maintain our country’s freedoms.
Many religious people also celebrate Memorial Day weekend by attending church or engaging in other festivities.
This is exactly what happened during last month’s Memorial Day weekend. However, the Tampa Free Press reports that things took a turn for the worse, upon the US Capitol Police allegedly stopping a religious celebration of US soldiers who gave their lives.
Here’s What Happened
South Carolina’s Rushingbrook Children’s Choir was taking a tour of Capitol Hill towards the end of last month. Part of this tour involved the children’s choir going to Statuary Hall to sing patriotic songs, such as the National Anthem.
However, while singing, the Rushingbrook Children’s Choir was reportedly interrupted by members of the US Capitol Police. It’s at this point that law enforcement allegedly informed the children’s choir they wouldn’t be permitted to keep on singing.
I have been helping represent the Rushingbrook Children’s Choir who was recently silenced while singing the National Anthem while we were in the Capitol last week. Thank you for all of the support! I have started a @gofundme for our group: https://t.co/b6OG4zZ2oS pic.twitter.com/FtUv3yq9YT
— Micah Rea (@1pilotman) June 3, 2023
The reason provided for this was the claim that singing the National Anthem could technically be deemed as a type of protest.
After the fact, Capitol Police stated a “miscommunication” took place and they weren’t aware the Speaker’s Office previously gave the OK for Rushingbrook Children’s Choir to sing.
A Major Problem
On social media, countless Americans have rightfully condemned what happened as a serious issue that needs to be addressed. Some people have even criticized the fact that the children’s choir would need any sort of permit to sing the National Anthem, to begin with.
The Capitol Police did not allow the Rushingbrook Children’s Choir to finish singing our National Anthem stating it is considered a form of protest. The choir had been granted approval to enter the Capitol for their performance.
It's official…..our government has gone crazy pic.twitter.com/rNf9fAxotb
— Sue (@SueJ2023) June 2, 2023
Finally, the idea that all of this happened due to a mere “miscommunication” also hasn’t gone over well with the public. The Rushingbrook Children’s Choir has since acquired legal representation, due to what transpired.This article appeared in Watch Dog News and has been published here with permission.