First Amendment Library:
Peter Greenfield


Harold Omand Spence, a college student, affixed a peace symbol to his privately-owned United States flag and placed it upside down in a window on private property. He did so to express that he believed the United States stood for peace and as a response to public uproar regarding recent killings at Kent State University and the invasion of Cambodia. He was convicted under a Washington state statute that prohibited displaying the flag with items affixed to it, like the peace symbol Spence placed on his flag.