NY vets raise banner similar to 'Don't Tread' flag - Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston

Photo courtesy Jen Parente

NY vets raise banner similar to 'Don't Tread' flag

Posted: Updated:

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.  

The banner was painted and donated by Staten Island artist Scott Lobaido.

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 New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson ordered it down, saying the flag has been adopted by the tea party and makes a political statement.

Veterans groups and other citizens across the country strongly disagree, according to Jen Parente.   Back in 1775, when the flag originated as a symbol of patriotism and American strength and pride, the tea party was not in existence, Parente explains.

At Thursday's unveiling, Peter Parente was quoted  saying "Our mayor, long before his stint in politics here in New Rochelle, has disliked and was not favorable to our military. Examples are the mayor's blockade and protest of the ROTC program during his studies at Harvard while American Patriotism was at it's height during the Gulf War and Desert Storm. While the rest of the country was tying yellow ribbons in front of their homes supporting our troops, Noam Bramson was blocking our military from coming onto the campus of Harvard University to recruit. Maybe that explains why Noam Bramson erased New Rochelle's proud history of Fort Slocum and is looking to do the same with the New Rochelle Naval Armory."

The veterans are considering a lawsuit over being allowed to fly the flag.

Copyright 2013 MyFoxNY.com/The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • New York State NewsNew York State NewsMore>>

  • NY man charged in fatal stabbing of estranged wife

    NY man charged in fatal stabbing of estranged wife

    Sunday, July 27 2014 2:31 PM EDT2014-07-27 18:31:03 GMT
    A 46-year-old New York man has been charged with second-degree murder for the fatal stabbing of his estranged wife.
    A 46-year-old New York man has been charged with second-degree murder for the fatal stabbing of his estranged wife.
  • Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

    Pete Seeger's environmental legacy lives on

    Pete Seeger's environmental legacy lives on

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:16:30 GMT
    American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger's passion for music and the environment embodied who he was every single day of his life. In 1966, Seeger co-founded the organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Ever since, Seeger's 106-foot-long sloop, Clearwater, has been sailing up and down the Hudson River to educate and inspire children to protect the environment.
    American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger's passion for music and the environment embodied who he was every single day of his life. In 1966, Seeger co-founded the organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Ever since, Seeger's 106-foot-long sloop, Clearwater, has been sailing up and down the Hudson River to educate and inspire children to protect the environment.
  • Prison officers block news crew from tourist site

    Prison officers block news crew from tourist site

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:25:19 GMT
    An upstate New York TV crew was threatened with arrest by corrections officers as they filmed at a public historic site on the grounds of an empty, soon-to-be-closed state prison.
    An upstate New York TV crew was threatened with arrest by corrections officers as they filmed at a public historic site on the grounds of an empty, soon-to-be-closed state prison.
  • LocalMore>>

  • Houston Inferno: Houston's semi- pro women's basketball ready to take their brand to the next level

    Houston Inferno: Houston's semi- pro women's basketball ready to take their brand to the next level

    Sunday, July 27 2014 8:59 PM EDT2014-07-28 00:59:15 GMT
    More than just beautiful faces, these ladies are athletes and are making women's hoops look good!The NBA’s season has ended but that doesn’t mean basketball is over. The Houston Inferno Basketball Team is heating up the city with the talent and beauty they bring to the basketball court. In the past Houston has had a huge market for women's basketball. In their 2nd season, the women of the Inferno have been working relentlessly in marketing their brand to the community and want all of Houston ...
    More than just beautiful faces, these ladies are athletes and are making women's hoops look good!The NBA’s season has ended but that doesn’t mean basketball is over. The Houston Inferno Basketball Team is heating up the city with the talent and beauty they bring to the basketball court. In the past Houston has had a huge market for women's basketball. In their 2nd season, the women of the Inferno have been working relentlessly in marketing their brand to the community and want all of Houston ...
  • Pioneering Female Pilot Celebrates 100 years

    Pioneering Female Pilot Celebrates 100 years

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:52:18 GMT
    At a place of rest in Cypress a celebration of a life broke loose, a full century's worth.Those ten decades full belong to Mayme Lee Tanner."I never thought I'd be 100 years old, but I am so, so be it," said Mayme.The spunk persists, the kind that drew Mayme and more than 1,000 other pioneering young women into action when America went to war."I liked it. I loved flying," said Mayme.They were called Women Air Force Service Pilots, WASP's for short. With most male aviators in the fight, these ...
    At a place of rest in Cypress a celebration of a life broke loose, a full century's worth.Those ten decades full belong to Mayme Lee Tanner."I never thought I'd be 100 years old, but I am so, so be it," said Mayme.The spunk persists, the kind that drew Mayme and more than 1,000 other pioneering young women into action when America went to war."I liked it. I loved flying," said Mayme.They were called Women Air Force Service Pilots, WASP's for short. With most male aviators in the fight, these ...
  • New Jersey man abandoned as a baby reconnects with Conroe woman

    New Jersey man abandoned as a baby reconnects with Conroe woman

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:49:46 GMT
    A 36-year-old New Jersey man’s search for his birth mother leads him here to Conroe.No he didn’t find his mother but he did discover a truly remarkable relationship.Randy Wallace has this only on Fox report.
    A 36-year-old New Jersey man’s search for his birth mother leads him here to Conroe.No he didn’t find his mother but he did discover a truly remarkable relationship.Randy Wallace has this only on Fox report.
Powered by WorldNow

KRIV FOX 26
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Phone: (713) 479-2801
Fax: (713) 479-2859

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices