"The cover of the book "The New Soldier" is displayed on the site which shows members of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) imitating the famous photograph of U.S. Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima. In this pose, the American flag is carried upside-down, a symbol of disrespect according to the rules of flag etiquette."
This is a bit of misinformation that has been constantly repeated. The photo on the cover of Kerry's book is a composite of several photos. They were taken as some of the VVAW marched around the White House. One of them carried a large US flag displayed upside down.
And as others have mentioned here and elsewhere, that is a well known distress sign--especially for sailors. Though they might have meant it to be disrespectful.
But there is nothing to suggest that there was any specific effort to mock the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima.
posted on 02/24/2004 10:21:24 AM PST
It isn't a composite -- check page 14 in "Home to War."
I agree that it's unclear whether the marchers were intentionally mocking Iwo Jima. At least I haven't been able to confirm that.
Some of your posts seem like you are playing the 5th column roll. Do you listen to Moby?
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