The upside down flag has great and grave meaning. But being in flux, I am not sure I will continue flying it as such. LC Subotai's post gives me pause:
A slightly different take, if I may. At my house, the US colors have until today flown every day since the moment that I saw the airliners hit on 9/11. When I moved to my current house, I installed a real flagstaff instead of the jury-rigged one I had at the old place. It has 3 sets of shackles on the halyard. I flew US colors over the First Navy Jack [the naval version of the rattlesnake flag that was the first set of US colors flown by the Continental Navy], over the colors of one of our allies in the war; primarily either the UK, our Aussie brothers, or Israel.
From today, I fly only the First Navy Jack, which the Secretary of the Navy ordered flown on all Navy vessels until the war is won. While I am sure that Hussein Pasha thinks he is done with the war, most assuredly the war is not done with us. The US colors have been safely stored. I am somewhat of a historian. I know that there are times when countries are under the occupation of hostile and foreign forces. We are in that place now. Just as patriots in such cases hide their national colors until they can fly freely again in peace or in war, I will await the day when we have a legitimate president and a government loyal to the Constitution again.
When I was an active Peace Officer, I was required by law to render aid in any emergency, even when off duty. It was my luck, good or bad, to find myself as first responder fairly frequently, when off duty. Since I retired, I am under no such compulsion. If I should find myself as a first responder again, and there is any indication that the victims are supporters of the Usurper, they can pray to him for help. They are not my countrymen.
LC Subotai Bahadur