WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– It’s not illegal, but many say flying a flag above the American flag is disrespectful. Neighboring business owners say a used car dealership on Market Street has been flying its flag above our nation’s for months, and they want it to stop.
“It’s just offensive all the way around,” said Stephen Blanton, owner of Southwinds Hair Designs. “You shouldn’t do that. You never fly another flag above the American flag, it’s just totally disrespectful.”
For those people who work at Southwinds Hair Designs, they look out their window everyday and see what they say, is simply un-American.
“I resent it actually,” said Tammy Melvin. “I mean, I know people that have been in the military, and it doesn’t have to always be about the military, but they fought for us.”
They say the flag has been flying above the American flag at Munn Motorsports for months. Ownership of the dealership says it was a simple mistake.
“As you can see the last wind storm we had has ripped it apart and just flipped it over the other way,” said John Munn, owner of Munn Motorsports. “We were waiting on the new flag to come in to bring it down and switch it but it’s a good point so we’re just going to let the American flag fly by itself as it should and then I’m going to fly this once I get a new one in.”
Munn Motorsports says they have always supported the troops and flown the American flag proudly around their lot.
According to the United Stats Flag Code, no flag should be placed above or on the same level as the American flag. There are no penalties for breaking the code, nevertheless, many people believe it should be followed.