LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -It created quite a stir this morning and calls to the KPLC newsroom when a flag was spotted flying upside down at a local motel. Some may have wondered if it was a political statement, but the management says the improper display was simply a mistake.
There's no symbol in America that evokes such strong feelings of patriotism and love of country as the American flag. So imagine the outrage as people drove to work in the morning and saw Old Glory flying upside down at a the Super 8 Motel on east Prien Lake Road. A flag should only be flown upside down as a sign of distress.
But it turns out the man who raised the flag, maintenance chief Milton Spires, simply made a mistake when he became distracted. "Kids was going in through the back entrance of the building and what happened, I was paying attention to the kids that were going in the back building as I was hanging the flag. I wasn't too much focused on the flag at the time and moment."
Spires says he was born and raised in Allen Parish and would never deliberately do something unpatriotic. He apologizes to anyone he may have upset. "My dad was a veteran. He went to Viet Nam three years, three times, you know. I mean this is my country."
Spires says it truly was an honest mistake and he just wishes someone who noticed it would have stopped to tell him about it. That way the mistake so it could have been corrected sooner. Says Spires, "Obviously it's a mistake. When you see a flag that's upside down pull over, go talk with the people and let them know, hey , the flag is upside down. Is it okay if we can help you fix the flag?"
While we were shooting video hotel employees hurriedly came outside and fixed the flag so it was properly displayed. Unfortunately they inadvertently seemed to allow it to touch the ground several times, another breach of flag etiquette. But at this business, they'll no doubt exercise more care in the future.
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