Anyone flying the flag upside down yet?

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  1. hkruss

    hkruss Active Member

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    Someone educate me here. When would someone fly the U.S. flag upside down? I would never knowingly disrespect our flag, but are we at the point where it would be appropriate to fly it upside down? I always thought it meant something like symbolizing our country being in great distress. If that is the case, I think we meet the criteria.
    I am completely serious about my question, so please, someone tell me. The positioning of my flag awaits your responses. Thanks, HKR
  2. CampingJosh

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    It wasn't meant to indicate national distress but personal distress. A ship would fly the flag upside down if, for instance, they were beginning to take in water and needed to be rescued.

    It is a distress signal, but I'm not sure it's appropriate to use it as a political statement. Some people go both ways, but I personally would only fly a flag that way if I needed immediate help.
    Most people wouldn't really understand it anyway, so you'd probably be better off just flying a different flag (Gadsden, for instance).
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    Title 36 United States Code, Chapter 10, Section 176 states the following:

    "No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.
    (a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property."
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    HA! you beat me to it.........
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    Please don't fly it upside down. We have enough people in the world that show disrespect to our flag already.
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    nimble fingers
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    hkruss, you COULD do it as a political statement, but you would risk the unhappy responses of the servicemen in Mobile. That being said, I would not do it if I were you..
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    Oh no, not this topic again.

    Didn't the last one get locked?

    Staying out of this one, good luck and be nice.
  10. RunningOnMT

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    Well....some might say we ARE in dire distress of threat to life and property. However, I would prefer to see the Gadsden flag or some other flag of our revolutionary history displayed to send a message.
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    The flag stays upright.
    Now, attention please!! As I said in my post, I would never knowingly disrespect our flag. I honestly did not know the exact purpose of flying it upside down. I had an idea about it, but I was not sure. That's why I asked.
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    Well...... I guess that sums it up. Are we in dire distress now?
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    And we were glad to enlighten you.:eek::D:D:D
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    I think we are, but out of respect for those that are serving or have served, I will not fly the flag anyway other than the correct way.
    I have taken my flag down and put it safely away, only to fly on the days that honor the troops, past and present. I now fly a Gadsden flag.


    Art
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    Everyone sees something different when they look at or think about the Flag. To me the US flag represents an overbearing control freak government. I will not fly the flag at all anymore...

    mike
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    I DO NOT connect our current government with our country and its values, or our great flag and other symbols of freedom. I DO NOT view our current government as an American government. It is NOT the government that so many have died in protection of, nor does it represent American ideals...namely the freedom to excercise our natural rights and our freedom from an overbearing "government".

    That said, I would not fly the flag upside down for the reasons stated(or, rather, implied) by the original poster. I certainly am no expert on the subject, but I presume it would be dissrespectful to those who gave so much for our freedoms. There are, in my opinion, more effective ways to express dismay, ways that are also less likely to construe our very worthy and patriotic cause as "anti-American", or us as the common right-wing, gun-clinging nutjobs that the left-wing so much enjoys labeling strong-willed, educated, and very conserved Americans.
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    My friend the flag does not represent the government as much as it represents the American people. It represents our constitution and those who have fought and died to preserve it. It has been an inspiration and comfort to those in battle for their lives. I have experienced this personally at a firebase near Phu Bai Vietnam when while under attack the flag flying over a bunker was illuminated by flare light, amid tracer fire and explosions. I can't speak for others but at that moment the pride I felt in that flag and what it represents actually helped alleviate my fear.

    I can understand feeling bitter about the government. I am too. Don't fly the flag to honor the congress or the president...I certainly couldn't. Fly it to honor the constitution which once proclaimed the freest nation in history. Fly it to honor those who gave us the consitution. Fly it to honor all those who have sacrificed to keep us free, and fly it to honor those who are doing it at this very moment.
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    "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all."

    The flag doesn't represent our government; it represents the republic, the nation.
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    All good replys and a good post. hkruss..it is apparent you never wanted to be impolite....

    as for Artabr..he seems to have a good and proper solution...I would also suggest another......
    if "Flags" as a symbol are to be addressed...then perhaps I would fly my State flag alone or used in avatar or like ,except per right times as mentioned..and you can add that you are exceptionally showing your "state" loyalty and support...for it may well be our individual..YET united individual states that again save us.....
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    As long as it remains a Republic, after which the Flag will just be a fond memory.
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