New Rochelle city council bans “Don’t tread On Me” Flag

Don't tread on meVia the Washington Examiner:

A veterans organization in a New York town is fighting for its right to fly a patriotic flag after the city council refused to let the group display the flag, calling it a symbol of the Tea Party with right-wing connotations.

The United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association replaced a tattered American flag at the New Rochelle Armory, flying the Gadsden flag underneath it. The bright yellow “Don’t Tread On Me” flag has been used by the Navy and Marine Corps since 1775.

When a city council member complained to the city manager that he found the flag offensive, the city manager initially decided to let the flag fly anyway. But the city council overruled him, and the flag was taken down. On Wednesday, the council voted 5 to 2 to keep the veterans from putting the flag back up.

The council objected to the flag because they said Peter Parente, the president of the veterans group, is a member of the Tea Party and the group wants to use the flag to make a political point.

If that’s not enough to get your blood pressure elevated, watch the debate and vote by the city council.

Warning this video may cause you to hit your head….repeatedly!

The veterans group has retained the Thomas More Law Center to regain the right to fly the flag.

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3 Responses to New Rochelle city council bans “Don’t tread On Me” Flag

  1. I need to invest in a bubble-wrap headband…..

    …or concussion insurance.

  2. No Free Lunch says:

    I wonder if they council was more worried about WHO was flying the flag then what it stands for. The exact thing that they are doing, forbidding something that stands for freedom and liberty!
    Guess they missed that in the rush to curtail freedom of speech!

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