why does everyone assume I agree with the marines? My experience with Marines points to them having less sense than a stack of bricks. I'm just not surprised they reacted like that. In certain circles, the Flag Code is extremely important. I myself am a disabled veteran. I would shoot a marine before I let him assault me and my civil liberties. Maybe not to kill, most likely just to hinder or wound. The same would be true of someone who enters my home uninvited to steal or murder. I respect the Flag, but I dont jack off to it. I have flown it upside down once before I was pulled over because the cops thought I was in distress. Now, I fly it on my lawn. an upside down flag is the international maritime signal for SOS. Check the local laws and make sure you don't piss off the local law enforcement or military base. Use common sense. granted common sense was not in the marine's head. I doubt it ever was.