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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  4. chemfantry

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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."
  5. chemfantry

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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
  8. chemfantry

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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.
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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.
  11. hkruss

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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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  12. cosmo05

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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
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2009
  15. glocknut

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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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