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Stevens Point man flies American flag upside down

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A Stevens Point man is flying an American flag upside down outside of his house. He says it's in protest of the way the government is being run.

While flying a flag upside down isn't against the law, some people say it's not OK.

Walter Blanchard is a veteran, serving in South Korea twice and once in Vietnam. He says flying his flag upside down is sending a message.

"By hanging my flag upside down, we're under duress in this country," said Blanchard.

The Stevens Point man says he turned his flag upside down a few weeks ago, after becoming tired of the direction the government is heading in.

"The government has to get themselves straightened away, they have to get the Congress and the government so they're working with the people and not against us," Blanchard told Newsline 9.

There are no state codes banning flying flags upside down and Stevens Point doesn't have an ordinance against it either. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs website, flags should only be flow upside down as a signal of distress. Blanchard says that's exactly why he's doing it.

"I’m hoping other people do the same thing and follow suit. This country needs to be straightened out," said Blanchard.

Some people say it's Blanchard who needs to be straightened out. Carl and Mary Schulfer fly a flag of their own upright. They say Blanchard’s flag is disrespectful.

"I think it's a disgrace to the country. I don't like it," said Carl Schulfer.

Blanchard doesn't see it that way.

"This is a peaceful way. I can fly my flag which way I want it," said Blanchard.

"Don't turn your flag upside down. That's just not right," said Mary Schulfer.

Mike Houlihan can see Blanchard's flag from his front porch and says he doesn't have a problem with it.

"I feel that people make a way bigger deal of something that is really nothing more than a symbol," said Houlihan.

Blanchard says he will continue to fly his flag upside down, at least until he sees some changes.

Blanchard says no one has complained to him about his flag -- but he hopes it creates conversation in the community.

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