Upside-down flag a widespread protest movement | News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- Turning flags upside-down has become a movement across the country to protest the Presidential elections.
It appears to have started Wednesday, November 7th, the day after President Barack Obama won a second term in the White House. First, a McDonald's in West Virginia was on the news for flying an upside-down flag, but the owner later corrected the flag and apologized for the mistake.
In the next few days upside-down flags showed up in cities across the country: Beavercreek, Ohio; Dorseyville, Penn.; Lubbock, Texas, Emporia, Kansas; and here in Florida in Fleming Island.
The movement is widespread and people say they're doing it because they believe the country is in distress.
"Flying the flag upside down is a symbol of distress. This isn't distress -- if you didn't like the President, it's just an election," said Retired US Army Major Doug James.
But it's not about protesting the election results. The conversation is transcending into whether or not people should use the American flag to show their disapproval of the Presidential election.
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"I think how we address our national holidays, how we address our symbols of freedom and free speech should be apart from our own separate political beliefs," said Vic Sciullo, Post Commander, American Legion Post 283 in Arlington.
The understanding that it is a First Amendment right to protest in this way, but some question whether it's worth the protest.
"I am saddened by it because this is one nation. The nation has spoken, we have free elections, President Obama was re-elected to a second term and he's everybody's president," said Edward Wheeler, Emeritus President.
Elections are over, but hard feelings seem to continue.
"Well, I feel this country is in distress. It has been for the last four years as far as I'm concerned," said Kitty Barrett, a Jacksonville resident.