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A Grand Rapids man tells FOX 17 he’ll continue flying the American flag in his front yard upside down in protest of the Obama administration and the current state of the United States government, despite protests from his neighbors and numerous death threats.

The man, who lives near the corner of Fuller and Plainfield on the northeast side of the city, says he’s simply exercising his First Amendment right.

Neighbors tell FOX 17 that many people living on the street are veterans and call the display “a desecration” and disrespectful to their service to the country.

According to the United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, and Section 8, 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.

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  • mary

    this country IS in dire distress!! all of our lives are in danger of poverty and homelessness due to the economy, the grand idea of cutting our defenses and the upcomming loss of a decent healthcare system.

  • sami

    No respect for the flag and no respect for America!!!! Our economy is a separate issue, it is like "visitation and child support", they are not the same! So, show some respect for the people who have put their life on the line to safe your behind and turn the flag correct.

  • anonymous

    How truly got your few seconds of fame at the cost of desecrating the one thing that represents what enables you to have that freedom. I’m sorry for your veteran neighbors who have to see what they fought and some DIED for, being so disrespected.


    The family did not ask for the Fame, merely practicing Freedom of Speech. A silent protest was turned into news by a Liberal neighbor, living on the Dole, whose first complaint was the presence of the "Fire Obama" sign> The whiny Lib neighbor also called Police, and City Inspectors. Ruling from the City Sign enforcement officer was "FREEDOM OF SPEECH" the news does not bother to say that the Flag "Code" is not a law, merely a set of Guidelines for displaying the Flag. No legal penalties or fines exist. What would you bet the same Libs would applaud the Burning of the Flag. How many of you are Outraged by the disrespect shown by abandoning our Men in Benghazi? The constant apology tour of BHO? Our nation is in Dire distress, and every senior asked to "Take a Pill" is under threat to their very life. This family has over 2 Dozen relatives who served, including 2 Lt Cols, and Family has had Active Duty Servicemen in every war since WWI.


    BF Desecrators is a typical Leftist Brownshirt tactic. Squelch Free speech, and attack the messenger rather than Face the real issues.

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