New Rochelle Vets Raise Banner Similar to "Don't Tread" Flag

Thursday, May 2, 2013  |  Updated 8:43 PM EDT
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Veterans Protest Order to Remove Gadsden Flag at Armory

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Veterans Protest Order to Remove Gadsden Flag at Armory

War veterans in New Rochelle are protesting the city's order for the so-called Gadsden flag to be taken down from its post outside the armory. Jonathan Vigliotti reports. Photos and videos of the flags provided courtesy Talk of the Sound, at www.newrochelletalk.com.
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New York veterans who were told they couldn't fly a "Don't Tread on Me" flag on city property have raised a huge banner inspired by the flag at their American Legion post.

Peter Parente, president of a veterans group in New Rochelle, said Thursday the banner measures 10 by 13 feet.

It shows a coiled snake, similar to the one on the Revolution-era Gadsden flag. And it includes the words, "Don't Tread on Me."

The veterans hoisted a Gadsden flag last month at the city-owned New Rochelle Armory. But officials ordered it down, saying the flag has been adopted by the tea party and makes a political statement. The veterans are considering a lawsuit.

Parente said the banner was painted and donated by Staten Island artist Scott Lobaido.

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