The Park Police could remove him and hold him for 24 hours on any number of made up charges.
The picture comes when kneeling during the national anthem is resulting in protests of the NFL.
American Military News
A photo taken on Sept. 27 that has gone viral while circulating among the online military community shows a man at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, kneeling down on one knee reportedly during the playing of taps, is outraging thousands.
“Taps” is a bugle call played at dusk, during flag ceremonies, and at military funerals by the United States, armed forces and is regularly played at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Not standing for Taps is incredibly disrespectful which is triggering the intense outrage.
It is unclear exactly why the man seen in the photo is kneeling during taps while everyone else is standing, but most people online are assuming it is in protest.
Katie Wiederhoeft who took the original photo noted that she was so taken aback she didn’t ask the young man why he was kneeling.
She noted that he was filming with his phone as well.
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If he was indeed protesting, it follows in the footsteps of NFL players’ protests – close to 200 NFL players and coaches took a knee during the U.S. national anthem on Sunday. The protests were started by football player Colin Kaepernick last year to protest what he believes to be problems in America, namely police brutality and black inequality. Kaepernick was not signed by a professional football team this year.
Protocol at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is that you stand, and many times the Soldiers who guard the Tomb will directly address people who are not standing and demand they stand.
Katie Wiederhoeft added the caption to the photo:
On our way back from NYC we stopped overnight in DC, one of my favorite places. So rich in history, it’s beautiful, and so clean!
A must see on our list is always Arlington National Cemetery the changing of the guard ceremony. I get pretty emotional thinking about what it represents. Today we got a chance to see the honor guard placing wreaths in remembrance of fallen military members. The honor guard said to remain silent, that military members in uniform were to render a salute and everyone else was to stand and that it would appropriate to place your right hand over your heart. Just as TAPS started…this is what happened. I don’t even think people know what they are doing when they are kneeling!!!! What was going through this young man’s head is beyond me!? I couldn’t do or say anything because my anger and disgust was beyond words. I made sure to stand right next to him with my hand over my heart!!!
*Edited to add:
I regret not speaking with the young man and finding out what his intentions were. I was so upset at the time and completely speechless, which doesn’t happen often. Part of me was afraid of what his answer would’ve been, what if he was kneeling in protest?! I honestly don’t believe that I would have been able to maintain composure. Out of respect for my fallen brothers and sisters, I chose not to confront him. Hindsight is 20-20, maybe he would’ve answered that his actions were completely unintentional and he was trying to get a better angle (he was video taping). But in light of what our country is currently going through and the fact that the guard specifically stated to stand I can’t help but feel it was in protest. But I guess I’ll never know.