A photo of the U.S. flag and POW-MIA flag flying upside down and at half-mast at the Kihei post office went viral on social media. The post sparked hundreds of comments.
“How did a person not get trained on how to raise the flags? I mean the raising, the flags is sacred, you know?” said Maui resident Barrie Warner. “You don’t just go out there and whip it up. I mean, there’s ways you handle it, when you take it down, how you fold it. I mean, it’s serious.”
It takes a presidential declaration to fly the American flag at half-staff — often when someone significant has passed away. Flying a flag upside down is a symbol of distress and is not something you’d see at a federal agency.
The controversial photo was taken on Wednesday… the same day of President Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day and some observers believe it’s too much of a coincidence.