Guests and family members looking to pay their respects at Arlington National Cemetery this Independence Day will have to leave their American flag behind because it is banned on the hallowed grounds, The Daily Caller reports.
It is because of a 2006 law intended to block anti-military protests during burials done at Arlington, which includes banning the waving of the U.S. flag.
Former Republican Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers was instrumental in passing the law called “Respect For America’s Fallen Heroes Act in 2006,” which makes it illegal to stage protest funerals within 300 feet of the historic cemetery.
Rogers helped write the law following protests made by the Westboro Baptist Church, whose members are known for showing up at funeral ceremonies to jeer grieving families who lost somebody serving in the military.
“Families deserve the time to bury their American heroes with dignity and in peace,” Rogers said in 2006 during an interview with the Associated Press.
Violators will carry a penalty of up to one year in jail.