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Stevens Point veteran flying American flag upside down due to shutdown

Upside down American flag
Upside down American flag

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - A military veteran from Stevens Point is flying his American flag upside down. 

Walter Blanchard calls it a peaceful protest over the way the federal government is being run -- or not run, during the partial shutdown that's in its second day. 

Blanchard tells WAOW-TV in Wausau that he decided to fly the upside-down flag a few weeks ago. It's his way of saying that Congress should be, "working with the people and not against us." 

Guidelines from the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department say the flag should only be flown upside down as a sign of distress -- and Blanchard says the mess on Capitol Hill qualifies. 

Some of his neighbors don't agree, though. 

Carl and Mary Schulfer have their flag upright, and they say Blanchard's display is disrespectful.

Blanchard served in both Vietnam and South Korea.