Iowa veteran charged with desecrating U.S. flag

by Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times  |  published on August 15, 2016


An Army veteran who flew a U.S. flag upside down outside his Iowa home last week was reportedly arrested and charged with desecration of the flag.

Homer Martz flew the upside-down U.S. flag under a Chinese flag to protest an oil pipeline being built near his home in Calhoun County, The Messenger reported Friday.

Mr. Martz said two Calhoun County sheriffs came to his home Thursday morning and took the flags down without his consent.

“They said, ‘You can’t do this. We have a statute.’ I said, ‘I’m sorry but you shouldn’t have took them down,” he said. “So I walked back out and put them back up, and they arrested me.”

  • Dolores Adams

    No Chinese flag should be flown anywhere in the U.S. I wanted to fly our flag upside down when obummer took office, but my husband wouldn’t let me.

  • Libya21

    When we let others burn and desecrate our flag, what this vet did is peanuts! I hope they gave him an appropriate warning at the station and told him the legal ways to protest. He served his country and deserves a break!

  • MyRoseHasTHORNS

    IF he had only the American flag upside down as a protest, a note of distress, it could’ve been ‘Free Speech’, even if distasteful. Putting the Chinese Flag or ANY other Nation’s flag above ours is way more then distasteful, it shows reverence for them above our Nation and that should be a NEVER/anywhere in the USA.

  • 1loyalamerican74

    Was the veteran white or black?

    I sure did not know that you could fly a flag upside down???

    • MyRoseHasTHORNS

      That is a symbol of DISTRESS

      and wasn’t meant to be used in THIS way.

      In a state of emergency, when you need to be rescued is the appropriate setting.

    • George Geyer

      who cares if the guy was white or black? He was a veteran, an American – that’s what he was …

  • KayO

    Others are allowed to burn and stop on the American flag, but this isn’t? Our nation is in trouble and China certainly has its finger on the trigger when it comes to America. I disagree with his reasoning behind the oil pipeline, but it makes a statement when flying the American flag upside down under the Chinese flag, and it seems that it may be warranted.

  • Wingedgodd3ss

    How the hell can they arrest him? That’s free speech. But BLM can burn the flag and that’s no problem.

    • munimula

      This was Iowa not Wisconsin. States have different laws.

    • Steve Dolyniuk

      I think it is amazing what some people think Free Speech is. That, in my opinion, is a bunch of BULL !

  • Walter Flatt

    BLACK AMERICA SHOULD STUDY HISTORY. FROM A KOREAN WAR VETERN & A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT.

    1 THE FIRST SLAVE HOLDER WAS A BLACK TOBACCO FARMER NAMED ANTHONY JOHNSON.

    2 IN 1860 THE LARGEST SLAVE HOLDER IN NORTH CAROLINA WAS A BLACK PERSON BY THE NAME OF WILLIAN ELLISON.

    3 NATIVE AMERICANS, (INDIANS), OWNED THOUSANDS OF BLACK SLAVES.

    4 IN 1830 BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR 3,775 FREE BLACKS OWNED 12,740 SLAVES.

    5 ALL BLACKS DID NOT PICK COTTON AS SOME WOULD WANT YOU TO BELIEVE, AND WAS NOT WHIPPED, BUT OWNED THEIR OWN BUSINESS AND REAL ESTATE. WHIPPING WAS DONE MOSTLY BY THE KKK, THAT WAS DEMOCRATS.

    6 BRUTAL AFRICANS TRIBES WERE THE SOURCE OF SLAVES, PEOPLE WERE TRAPPED FROM OTHER TRIBES AND SOLD.

    7 WHEN BLACKS WERE BROUGHT TO THE USA, THEY WERE OFTEN BROUGHT BY BLACK SLAVE OWNERS.

    8 BLACKS AND MUSLIMS ARE STILL PRACTING SLAVERY THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA.

    9 APPROXIMATELY 1 MILLION WHITE PEOPLE DIED TO FREE SLAVERY IN THIS COUNTRY AND THE PARTY THAT FREED THEM WAS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. LINCON WAS A REPUBICAN.

    • Thank you. Lets also not forget all those democrats who voted against the ’64 civil rights bill, and those democrat governors who stood in those schoolhouse doorways to barr entrance.

    • Taz

      By and large you are correct, but the KKK was founded after the War of Northern Aggression by Nathan Bedford Forrest. The KKK was at the time the only law enforcement in many areas of the south due to the breakdown of the society in general. The union did nothing to help maintain the rule of law and in some instances encouraged the disobedience. The KKK punished whites as well as blacks.
      From a retired USAF veteran (with a degree in history) and a registered Republican.

      • Heatherdkane1

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      • They punished Whites because they helped or associated with Blacks. As for the KKK law enforcement, their law was confined to Blacks, 40 acres and a mule, and whites who oppose them. I’m an 80 (81 in Dec.) year old Korean vet who has lived through the days of the KKK, providing me with empirical proof . The purpose of the comment was to educate the Black Community as to the facts, i.e., which party has spent their time supporting slavery, continued suppression of Blacks, the party who lied and took credit for the civil rights movement – that was the Democrat Party. I’m an independent, but credit must be given to the Republicans for being the Party of the Black community, while the Democrats continue to use the Black community like lemmings. It is an 1984 issue of rewriting history by the Democrats (use of Ingsoc) to maintain control of the Black voter.

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