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Flag Flying Upside Down Sparks Debate

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(KCEN) – Just outside Belton city limits on Sparta Road, is John Fulwiler's home. A lovely two-story building, that drivers traveling down the winding road, look at all year round.

But for the last month, those drivers' eyes haven't been focused on the home, instead what's on its front yard.

“I felt that it was necessary to make a statement,” said Fulwiler. “It's my form of a protest if you will.”

Fulwiler's protest is the flying of his American flag, upside down.

His reason: he doesn't like the direction the country is going.

“It's not the country I grew up. There's constitutional breaches it seems every week.”

The flag has been flying upside down for the past month, and has gotten people's attention. Lieutenant Donnie Adams of the Bell County Sheriff's Department, says their agency has received “a lot” of calls about the flag. However the sheriffs haven't asked Fulwiler to remove the flag because it's not illegal to fly it upside down.

As stated in the United States Flag Code: “The flag should never be displayed with the union down, expect as a signal of dire distress in instance of extreme danger to life or property.”

Fulwiler and his supporters, like retired Sergeant Major Miguel Laboy, think the United States of America is in extreme danger.

“I want them to know that our county is heading in the wrong path,” said Laboy. “We both agree that the nation is in quite a bit of distress.”

 But not everyone agrees the flag should be used for political speech.

Thomas Anderson's son is currently serving in the Middle East and says the flag is a sacred symbol of our freedom.

“Makes me ill to my stomach,” Anderson wrote on the KCEN Facebook page.

Fulwiler says he understands why the sight of the stars and stripes flying upside down angers some people. But says he has no intention of bringing it down.

“For me it's more of a sign of respect,” said Fulwiler. “Because I'm so concerned about the direction our county is taking.”
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