“Veterans sue city in New York that ordered ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ down”
“The lawsuit…says New Rochelle’s action…being unconstitutional, was “unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious” and betrayed a lack of appreciation of history.
The City Council…ordered the flag down…citing complaints that…waS…a political statement.
…the lawsuit, filed by the United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association, offers a long history of the flag, which has been used by the U.S. military since 1776.
…”contrary to defendants’ unfounded, subjective (and incorrect) belief,” hoisting the Gadsden flag…was meant “to honor the veterans who have served and died for our country under the rattlesnake image and the words ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ since the American Revolution,”…
City officials did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment…”