Taking a Knee at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Taking a Knee at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Taking a Knee at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The America hating jackwagons have gone too far. Way too far. A picture was snapped of a man kneeling during the playing of “Taps” at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. Kneeling during “Taps”! I am sure that the punk puke wasn’t kneeling because he was overcome with the ultimate sacrifice made by those “Known but to God” within the tomb.

Tomb of the Unknowns with soldiers from the “Old Guard” standing a post.

According to American Military News:

A photo 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, and is sweeping across America, 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.
The picture is sparking intense outrage on social media. 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.


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.

And, they even have helpful signs.

Remember Colin Kaepernick’s original statement:

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Here is the photo:

He didn’t just disrespect all of us by taking a knee, bad enough. He took a knee during “Taps” A friend played “Taps” at my father’s funeral last year and it was all I could do to remain standing. My father stands a Heavenly post with the other Marines now. If this guy was overcome, I apologize. I suspect he was intentionally disrespecting this beautiful but imperfect Nation because of the Kaepernick statement.

If this is what we have come to, then, the United States of America, as a Nation, is no more.

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  • GWB says:

    I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color

    Which is simply not true. Just not at all.
    But this young person (in the photo) probably lives in a bubble, totally unaware of the arguments against that falsity, or the information proving the premise isn’t true.

    • Marta Hernandez says:

      Is it wrong that I literally want to pound the snot out of that little bastard, and stomp his foul face into the ground until nothing is left but a moist spot of crap?

    • Toni Williams says:

      GWB- this child/man is completely uneducated about the real history of this country. He has been indoctrinated, as you well know.

  • Cameron says:

    “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,”

    What does Saudi Arabia have to do with anything, you fuckwit?

  • Toni Williams says:

    Cameron- He has no clue….sadly.

  • Boss Monkey says:

    Kneeling is called paying obeisance ( deeply honoring) is a stronger way to be patriotic.

  • Dayne says:

    Just because it is their right does not make it OK. It’s like throwing a ‘Heil Hitler’ salute or using the word ‘nigger’, it’s offensive and it being someone’s right to do it does not make it OK.

    If we have to tolerate this then ALL SPEECH MUST BE TOLERATED AT ALL TIMES and BLM and Antifa must disperse.

  • Michael Kavanaugh Jr says:

    To many – kneeling is a way of showing prayerfulness and submission to something greater than ourselves – namely – God.
    While most who have either been in uniform service – or in a civilian service with a command structure use standing at attention as a way of showing respect for the fallen there are many who are raised that when praying it is a sign of respect and submission to God to kneel in prayer.
    I will choose to believe that anyone who has taken the time to travel to any sacred place that honors the fallen who gave the last best part of themselves to a higher purpose and especially if that visitor is a civilian who is not fully familiar with command structure organization’s SOPs in regards to honoring the fallen and who kneels when that mournful song begins is praying for the souls of all the fallen heroes in a way that acknowledges our ultimate submission to God and is showing respect in the way they know how. And even if that is not how they mean it – if that is how we choose to see and internalize it – then the intended insult is disarmed by our internal honor for our fallen. Either way the fallen are honored by those who matter because those incapable of understanding the meaning, spirit, and showing of honor DO NOT MATTER.

    • Tracy says:

      Maybe before this, maybe after but Not now. Now it means disrespect and he knows this.

      • Michael Kavanaugh Jr says:

        Unless he is one who will not have his way of showing honor and reverence changed just because a few hijacked it to mean something else – the term ” take a knee” has been a common phrase for many many years that meant let’s pray but be ready to move fast – hence one knee vs both – still showing respect and honor to God but recognizing that you may have to move fast if your situation demands it – look at paintings and photos of armies over the centuries – the single knee was the standard when in a combat zone – or an unstable site for 1st responders in civilian services in more modern times – again I would not let a few Alpha Hotels change how I show respect of I felt the need to offer prayerful honor.

    • Curtis says:

      I agree with you Michael. From time immemorial mankind has communed with the divine on one’s knees. It should be so at a place like the Tomb of the Unknowns.
      BTW, taps is played at funerals and the relatives of the fallen remain seated.

  • mer says:

    Prayerful kneeling is usually done on both knees, with bowed head, no?

  • Lee says:

    This is the #1 “Imperfect Nation” in the world. All the “Perfect Nations” were too busy murdering dissidents to respond to the article.


    J. Stalin

  • Romey says:

    This turd was not praying! This is despicable beyond anything I can say without extreme profanity.

  • Bandit says:

    Just another self-absorbed millenial who doesn’t even know what he’s complaining about – but he’s sure he isn’t disrespecting the country

  • submandave says:

    “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color”

    Here’s a clue: If you were so damned oppressed then you’d not be allowed to do so.

  • askeptic says:

    That “kneeler” needs to have a brogan buried in his butt.

  • DudeAbiding says:

    Reinforcing the stereotype.

  • wyldkat says:

    I found this while doing a little digging on this:

    Katie Wiederhoeft contacted us to explain that she had taken the photograph. It was originally posted to her Facebook page at 1:03 A.M. on 27 September. In an e-mail, she told us that she took the photograph while visiting Arlington earlier that day:

    “I did not speak with the man and don’t know his reasonings for kneeling. I felt at the time (and the place) it was not appropriate as I was trying to be respectful to my fallen brothers and sisters and maintain silence… He was video taping so maybe he was trying to get a better shot, but with all that is going on currently I just can’t imagine that’s what it was. I truly hope that his actions were innocent in nature and that he didn’t intend to be disrespectful.”

    In response to a question under her Facebook post, Wiederhoeft confirmed that the man had been recording a video during the ceremony.

    Okay, it is Snopes, and we know they are sympathic to the left, but that doesn’t mean they are bias here, especially when the person who claims to have taken the photo steps forward and speaks to them.

    • Toni Williams says:

      I understand that he was videotaping, on one knee, during “Taps”. While that is his first amendment right, I find it so disrespectful. Should not have been videotaping during “Taps” either.

      • wyldkat says:

        If you look at the background of the photo, it is a wreath laying ceremony. Many people take photos and videos of those ceremonies. I see no harm, or disrespect there.

        Maybe the young man is one who views kneeling on one knee as a sign of respect. Look at how many pictures there are of devout people kneeling on one knee. “Take a knee” is a phrased used by leaders to have their group gather around and pay heed.

        Given all the information, while I may find the image disturbing, I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt, the same benefit that I would hope people would give me, and say that perhaps he did not intend to be disrespectful.

  • Ankylus says:

    Once you hear them play taps for someone you love, or even know, it never EVER sounds the same again.

    I don’t wish that on the young man in the picture. But it might do him some good.

  • Tom Maginnis says:

    Don’t get your panties in a ball. There are idiots everywhere. If you focus on ‘em you’ll spend your whole day mad. This guy did not just end the United States. Just kick ‘em aside as you go on about your life.

  • J-Ko says:

    Maybe he was actually celebrating the ceremony by trying to get a better angle for a picture on his camera? Of course, I wasn’t there to see exactly what was going on.

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