Upside down American flag over Brighton home upsets residents

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BRIGHTON, Colo. -- Some drivers down U.S. Highway 7 saw an up-side-down American flag over a home Tuesday.

One driver was so bothered by it, she wrote us an email asking us to investigate.

We did, and we learned it has nothing to do with desecration or disrespect for the U.S., but rather has everything to do with distress.

“It just means, you know, they don’t actually believe in Americans I would think,” said one Brighton man who didn’t want to give his name at nearby Veteran’s Park.

The home`s owner, Bradley Glidewell, served 10-and-a-half years in the U.S. Army.

He says the flag's placement is not any type of disrespect.

He points out U.S. Flag Code, which says, ”The U.S. 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.

He’s battling his neighbor over being able to use what’s designated as a shared road.

It’s a legal battle that’s cost him $52,000 and still counting.

At Veteran’s Park, an ex-Marine says he doesn`t believe in how Glidewell is displaying the flag--but does support his First Amendment right to do so.

“He’s got a right to do that. This country allows that. You got freedom of will and also the things you like to do. But sometimes a little discretion doesn’t hurt either," says the ex-Marine, who didn’t want to give his name.

Opinions are split when we ask what people think of a man who fought for our freedoms, hanging the ultimate symbol of freedom in the wrong direction.

"I not understand why you have to hang it upside down," says Gordon Bacon.

"That does change my mind...He served in the service. They've always done good for us. We pray for those who’ve always been in there," says the Brighton man.

By late afternoon, Glidewell had turned his flag right side up.

His lawyer telling us he didn’t want to offend anybody.



  • Bolivar Shagnasty

    Congratulations to Mr. Glidewell for his almost correct usage of a of a flag in the “distressed” position.

    Although Mr. Glidewell is embattled in a legal matter that has “distressed” him…He does not appear to be in- or to have any imminent danger to his life or to his property.

    And that ‘s really what an upside down flag means. Your life AND/OR your property are in imminent danger.

    If every Tom, Dick and Harry going through a divorce started flying their flags upside down, It would be hard to clarify if someone life was actually in danger…..kind of like “crying wolf”.

    Nice try Mr. Glidewell, but please leave the upside down flag thing to those whose life is actually out on a limb…..and not someone just letting his neighbors know that he’s stressed about a right-of-way case.

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