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.