Senator Felder Discusses His Bill to the Protect National Anthem & Pledge of Allegiance

February 08, 2018

Recently, the New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation (S3241) introduced by Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) that allows anyone to sing the National Anthem or perform the Pledge of Allegiance in New York City, without needing a permit first. 

In April 2016 a group of young students traveled to New York City with their choir teacher for a special trip that culminated in a visit to the 9/11 Memorial. Moved by the emotions the hallowed space at Ground Zero inspired, they gathered to sing a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. The spontaneous expression was halted by a guard, invoking the need for a permit, and captured on video that later went viral.

The National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance belong to the people. They are deep-rooted symbols of patriotism, honor, and pride and their expression should be unrestricted and unimpeded.