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Veterans group is now headed to court after being ordered to take down a flag.
The Gadsden flag known for its bright yellow background and don't tread on me message has been a patriotic symbol since the revolutionary war.
But some local lawmakers in New Rochelle, New York just north of New York City now say it's got to come down because.
It has occasionally been used by the Tea Party.
Peter -- -- is president of the united veterans memorial and patriotic association and he is at the center of all of this because.
You're the man who dared to fly this flag right underneath our American flag.
Have been doing since -- saying by even to this day continue to do but the new shell City Council.
Sees it as a symbol of what.
They see as a symbol of some radical right wing.
Movement which I am not belong to any of that.
And the reason -- -- put that flag bears beat question it is a naval militia armory which is only a few in the country.
And probably one of -- only few left in in the in the country right now.
And the Marine Corps training -- show that gets in flag was the first leg of the continent the Marine Corps and the continental navy and that's the connection between that -- enough play.
So they voted by a vote of five to 20 to stop you from putting that flag up five detail.
And what specifically did they tell you well they told me that that has a Tea Party message and -- -- finding it offensive.
And they thought they didn't they they took the flag down -- confiscated first.
Then they had their vote of five to two which is what at their last council meeting and at that point we protested their decision to do that.
And we've been involved in in this protest since then now reportedly.
One council member compared the flag to.
The rainbow flag used to symbolize gay pride and another compared it to but not -- -- a Mickey Mouse flag.
And graffiti that is correct and -- and we try to educate them let them know that this was the first flight of the -- the Marine Corps and navy.
As well as many people have died underneath that flag and he says well a lot of people that -- the confederate flag to you -- -- -- that.
And that's their -- that's their response to us is partisan thing is this is this a group of you know five to two is it you know Friday when Democrats -- -- Republicans since they believe this flag absolutely right now.
So yes -- the City Council is -- of the partisan vote.
Our group is not where where very diverse we have all different kinds of people -- -- in the united veterans from world patriotic association -- shell.
We all are chartered to take care of the monuments and the memorials around the city -- do the Memorial Day parade I do.
A 9/11 service for for the community a vigil.
I do veterans day affairs I do -- Toys for Tots drive at Christmas time I do know.
And undercut by politics you know -- know democratic republic yet I don't like and so -- -- of them are so now they've they've taken it down and they said it's gonna stay down.
Filing a lawsuit -- the -- well off setters that -- -- you are.
Law center a non Ann Arbor, Michigan has stepped up and Richard Thompson has been a big advocate for us and we're just waiting on word but that's -- Our next move is to do that and -- -- -- thing we want from the city is we want that flag back on the pole.
That's -- that's the that's the end story kind of like your chances.
My chances I feel very good I don't think their chances are very good but you think that -- gone back what we're waiting on -- you know I don't know tell it to the Marines.
I -- -- feel that that's around the city our our have been very -- -- around the county.
Been very supportive and around the state right now in armed.
You you've been on or deer park New York they flew they raise the flag today and he gets -- today.
Andrew support support of us -- keep us -- -- -- well thanks for had to -- thank you.
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