U.S. flag flies upside down for several hours

On Jan. 4, Cabarrus County staff hoisted the U.S. flag upside down at the courthouse in downtown Concord.

General Services Department staff raise the flag daily just before 8 a.m. and it wasn't corrected until about six hours later, after 1:30 p.m.

"I apologize for the oversight by our staff," said County Manager Mike Downs. "We corrected it as soon as it was noticed."

Title 36, U.S.C., Chapter 10 of The Flag Code says a flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

A possible factor in the oversight could have been the season's coldest temperatures since last January, when it dipped to 15 degrees, and harsh gusts of wind.

We posted the photo on Facebook and people commented.

Michael Elmore said, "There are plenty of people out there looking for a job that would make sure not to make that mistake. Don't think our forefathers or our fallen soldiers would be laughing. Sometime the most honest mistakes are the most costly."

Lynde White Lemly said, "Seeing this just embarrasses me as a Cabarrus Co resident. I hope it never happens again andthe person responsible is sincerely sorry."