Flying the American flag upside down is a symbol of distress.? In Danville Illinois the American flag is flying upside down in several locations.? The man responsible states he is doing this to signify that this country is in distress.? Some find it disrespectful, but Songer says he is not being disrespectful, as he is a veteran, but showing the fact that this country is in trouble and he says he will leave the flags upside down until Congress passes a law protecting military pay in the event of governmental shutdown.? I happen to agree, this country us in major distress.