The flag code is clear. The flag must be flown right side up unless there is immediate danger. If a vessel is sinking the upside down flag would show the distress. Unfortunately, a member of the Water Board has been wearing an American Flag lapel pin upside down. even though there is no distress anywhere near him. He claims he does it “Because the Country is in distress.” He means I believe politically. Even though there are people who also believe America is in distress, they do not like to see their nations flag displayed upside down. Most people think that’s disgraceful and more importantly disrespectful. The disresp[ect is expecially significant against the military who fight and die in large part because they love America and they especially love our flag. they are offended to see the Old Glory disrespected. Wearing the flag upside down is disgraceful and more importantly disrespectful. The disrespect is to the American Military and to every right thinking American. 

It was appalling to witness the chairman of the Water Board doing nothing about a member of the board who was so disrespectful towards our flag. The chairman purports to support veterans. How shallow must be that support when he knowingly participates by failing to speak up against the disrespect.   

In 1864 John Greenleaf Whittier wrote the poem Barbara Frietchie, which told of a (probably fictional) incident in which Confederate soldiers were deterred from defacing an American flag. The poem contains the famous lines:“Shoot, if you must, this old gray head, But spare your country’s flag,” she said.  A shade of sadness, a blush of shame,  over the face of the leader came;  The nobler nature within him stirred…  to life at that woman’s deed and word;  “Who touches a hair of yon gray head  Dies like a dog! March on! he said.”

 

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