Why is the US Flag Displayed Upside Down?
The upside down U.S. flag is an official signal of distress. It is not meant to be, and is not officially recognized as any type of disrespect when so displayed for the right reasons. To the contrary, here is the relevant part of the US Code of Laws regarding how to fly the flag when in distress:
THE FLAG CODE
Title 36, U.S.C., Chapter 10
As amended by P.L. 344, 94th Congress
Approved July 7, 1976
§ 176. Respect for flag: 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.
Most individuals who have served in the military service of our nation will (or should) recognize this signal.
As a result of the many traitors and enemies we as a free people have, both foreign and domestic, as a result of the many unconstitutional acts and legislation passed or committed against US citizens and their life, liberty and property, and as a result of policies that have allowed (and continue to allow) enemies of this nation to enter in large numbers through a porous border policy, I believe the life, liberty and property of US Citizens are in dire danger. In addition the systematic and deliberate disarming of the Constitution and our God given rights have left the sovereignty and the republic in a state of profound distress.
MY UPSIDE-DOWN FLAG
It all started around 1958 when a man named Charlie, my cousin’s husband, and I would spend lengthy sessions turning the pages of his navy year book and spinning tales of the war at sea. A black shoe sailor that had served aboard an aircraft carrier, he used old nautical terms that not only fascinated me, but stuck to the inner walls of my vocabulary for all these many years. Words like gedunk, scuttlebutt, shellback, skivvies and such. He taught me other words too. Duty, freedom, liberty, country, veteran, obligation, patriotism and he enlightened me as to what America really meant, to him. Those parts of his war stories found their way to the boiler room of my soul and have been fueling the fires of my patriotism ever since.
Charlie introduced me to a branch of the navy branded "The Fighting Seabees" and I was hooked! At the ripe old age of 18 I hitchhiked to the nearest town with a recruiter and enlisted, for 6 years (4 active duty & 2 reserve), with the stipulation that I was to serve with the Seabees, and I did. Initial training, Great Lakes Navel Station, then Rhode Island, then my pride and patriotism surged as I served in the White House Motor Pool under President John F. Kennedy, then California, Alaska and then I found myself staring into the eyes of the enemy in the great Vietnam conflict. I was doing my duty for my country, what an honor that was. I helped people that needed it, I killed people that didn’t. I watched the slaughter of friends and strangers. I pledged allegiance to the flag and to my country and to the words of cousin Charlie, I pledged to do my duty, and I did. Honorably discharged with ribbons and ceremony I was returned to a homeland that didn’t understand, or was it me that didn’t understand. It didn’t matter, I would adjust.
Adjustment was difficult and never ending, somewhere along the line I started looking at politics. Something was tearing my country apart! Yes it is my country! I did my duty, I took my chances, I killed for my country. It is my country!
With great disbelief I realized it was my government that was dismissing my rights and replacing my republic with their democracy. My government was denying the very rights I had elected them to protect. My country was being seized, not by a foreign enemy, but by 545 people that were sworn to uphold the Constitution and govern by the privileges granted them, by the people, as outlined in the Constitution. Then I understood what being a veteran meant. A short term contract with the Navy had turned into a lifetime commitment to protect my country as a veteran. I needed help, I summoned other veterans with the signal of distress, I turned my flag up-side down and shouted, "America is in distress, the people are in distress, American workers are in distress, the family unit is in distress and worst of all our posterity is in dire distress."
So, what do I see when I look at my up-side down flag? I don’t see any disrespect, I don’t like it, it disturbs me more than it does anyone else and it pulls at the bindings of my patriotism andallegiance. I see the faces of all the people that couldn’t be here to fly their flag up-side down, in the America they fought and died for. Isee their mothers who continue to pay the price of freedom. And I see the face of the enemy, who I now realize, had Cousin Charlie’s and pledged allegiance to their own, as I did.
America, the greatest nation on the face of the earth, is being gutted by a rogue government that is self-serving and establishing itself as the ultimate power and authority over the people and their property. To combat this we must awaken our dormant Constitution and reinstate the republic and our sovereignty.
I hate my up-side down flag! You can help me right it by moving your country forward to a more constitutional way of life. Bring the Lords Prayer, the Constitution and the Pledge of Allegiance back to school. Lets pledge to help each other. Let’s all turn our flags over as a form of civil protest and signal of dire distress.