UPDATE: The Carmans replaced their stolen flag Monday with another Star-Spangled Banner. Once again, it is flying upside down.
"If our neigbors are upset, I truly am sorry, but we do have the right to fly it. We're making our silent protest. I mean, we're not picketing the court house or blowing up abortion clinics," said Julie Carman.
The homeowners said they are flying the flag upside-down as a sign of distress.
The Carmans said if the thieves strike again, they prepared to keep replacing the flag over and over again until the first of the year.
SPOKANE, Wash. -- A Spokane man says he’s upset because someone stole the American flag from his front yard.
Greg Carman started flying the flag upside-down as a silent protest two weeks ago.
The veteran calls it a sign of distress.
“I had been flying the flag upside-down in protest of a lot of the political things, not just the presidential race. Many things have happened, and I have the right to do that under the First Amendment,” Carman said.
Carman said he heard a knock on his door last night. The flag was missing, and a note was left in its place. The note read "look at your flagpole...Obama 2012".
Carman says stealing the American flag was not the best solution to disagreements.
“I hate to say it, but nobody came and knocked there to find out why we were distressed,” he said. “I think a better statement for them would've been to put it right back up and re-flown it correctly. That would’ve been a better statement on their part, instead of being thieves.”
Carman plans on buying a new flag, which he’ll fly upside-down until the first of the year. If that one’s taken, he’ll buy another.