Veterans Banned from Singing National Anthem on Armistice Day
The Royal Family and members of Britain’s Armed Forces will be barred from singing the National Anthem on Armistice Day, over fears that the patriotic songs will spread Covid19.
This year, Westminster Abbey has decreed that only a socially-distanced choir will be permitted to sing the National Anthem at the service marking the ceasefire, in order to comply with the government ban on “communal singing”.
This year’s celebrations will coincide with the one-hundredth anniversary of the Funeral of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey and the unveiling of the Cenotaph, the nation’s war memorial, which was vandalised during Black Lives Matter protests earlier this year.
Typically, thousands of military personnel and veterans gather on the streets surrounding the Cenotaph to honour those killed in the World Wars and other conflicts.
The service that will be held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall this year will only permit 30 veterans to attend, while police will erect giant screens and barriers in order to prevent the public from gathering around the memorial as is customary.
Though the Royal Family will be banned from singing at Westminster Abbey, they will be permitted to sing God Save The Queen outside at the Cenotaph.
The president of the Merchant Navy Association, Vivien Foster, who has been laying a wreath for the organisation at the Centoraph for twenty years, said “The whole situation is farcical”.