WAYNESVILLE, N.C. – A performance by a children’s chorus was cut short at a national memorial due to a paperwork oversight.
The children’s chorus decided to visit the 9/11 Memorial and sing the National Anthem outside.
However, their performance was cut short when a security guard asked them to stop singing.
“Basically, they performed approximately half of the National Anthem, and they were told by security to cease and desist. And they, of course, complied immediately,” said Waynesville Middle School principal Trevor Putnam.
Putnam told WLOS that the security guard told the students that the memorial is treated “as a burial site,” adding that they need a permit to sing there.
School officials say they did not have a permit but they received a verbal OK from a security guard.
“I hate that our kids didn’t get to finish,” Putnam said.