The City Council of New Rochelle, NY has ordered the Revolutionary War's Gadsden Flag to be removed from its flagpole and confiscated from a patriotic veteran's group, as reported by the Sacramento Bee on April 8, 2013.
The conservative-leaning Thomas More Law Center has been retained by New Rochelle resident and former U.S. Marine Peter Parente, who is also the president of the United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association of New Rochelle, New York (UVMPA-NR).
As reported, Parente unfurled both the current American Flag above the Gadsden Flag, popularly known as the "Don't Tread on Me" flag, at the city's historic New Rochelle Armory.
New Rochelle chartered the UVMPA to formally conduct various services to honor veterans and also to provide care of memorials and monuments throughout the New York City suburb.
Within a week of the flag raising ceremony, City Manager Chuck Strome ordered Parente to take down the Gadsden Flag due to "unidentified complainants" stating the Revolutionary War flag was actually a "Tea Party symbol." [Ed. Note: OMG, the Tea Party Bogeymen are here to steal or sons and daughters, Egad]
After the former Leatherneck explained to Strome the historical significance of the Gadsden Flag used as the battle colors of both the Continental Marines and Continental Navy, Strome had a change of heart and allowed the bright yellow flag to remain flying below the Stars and Stripes.
Despite the Gadsden Flag officially being a historic American flag, Parente was informed less than 3 hours after his conversation with the City Manager "that a majority of the City Council had voted to remove the Flag."
Later that same day, the Gadsden Flag was removed and confiscated by the Public Works Department. Source: Examiner.comHere's some FREE legal advice for the City of New Rochelle, NY: Apologize profusely and give them back the flag. You abridged their Federal First Amendment rights. This is a NO BRAINER that even Democrats, challenged as you obviously are, should be able to grasp quickly.