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Veteran flies flag upside down in protest


By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email

RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Some East Texans are voicing their displeasure about health care reform. One veteran has come up with his own eye-catching way to protest.

The flying of the American flag upside is a military emergency signal, indicating trouble, distress, or I need help. But, for Henderson native, Don Copeland, it is a statement.

"The constitution has been strictly abused and I feel like that our forefathers would roll over in their graves if they knew what was going on," said Copeland.

The 70-year-old Army veteran is angry that the government, in his opinion, has ignored the people, by passing healthcare reform. He says it has an alarming cost and questionable ethics.

"The way its been passed, all the back door dealings...I'm concerned about the cost and what it's going to do to our grandkids," said Copeland. "I felt like our nation is in deep distress, and as a veteran, whenever you fly your flag upside-down it is a sign of distress. Our nation is in distress."

His neighbors genuinely sympathize with his means of protest.

"I think it's a good thing he did it to stand up for his beliefs because I totally agree," said Tiffany Pace. "I wish a lot more people would do it and stand up for what they believe in maybe some changes would happen then."

Copeland understands that flying the flag upside-down is not to be taken lightly, and could be seen as unpatriotic, and Copeland wants people to join him.

"They need to get off the couch and do something because we can't keep going like were going now," said Copeland.

He just wants his message to be clear.

"I'm going to fly it upside-down as long as this current administration is in power," he said.

Copeland says he would like to see the healthcare reform bill repealed for a start.

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