Independence NJROTC Assists in Flag Ceremony

Independence NJROTC Assists in Flag Ceremony
NJROTC Cadets

On March 21, 2015, Fox 10 News carried a story about a Marine who was infuriated when he saw an American flag being flown upside down in front of the McDonald's at 67th Avenue and Camelback. Flying the flag upside down is recognized as a symbol of distress. So after determining that nothing was wrong, the Marine took matters into his own hands and cut it down. The restaurant's franchise owner, who is a former Marine, says it was an honest mistake. He contacted Independence High School NJROTC and arranged to have a ceremonial flag raising which occurred on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Five Cadets assisted in the ceremony to put the flag back in its rightful place, including Jakob Williams-Shirkey, Andrew Fisher, Kristian Voyten, and Dustin Higgins, led by James A. Crowell, USMC (Ret.), Naval Science Instructor. The restaurant posted a sign on the door notifying customers and apologizing for the incident.