The United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association is suing the city of New Rochelle, New York, over a â€śDonâ€™t Tread On Meâ€ť flag that was removed after being flown over the cityâ€™s vacant armory building (video below).
â€śGeorge Washingtonâ€™s army, the Continental Army actually fought under that flag,â€ť said Ron Tocci of the United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association. â€śIt flies at military bases, so in no way shape or form do we see this flag to be offensive. It shouldnâ€™t be offensive to anybody.â€ť
In March, New Rochelle city officials removed the flag because it has been widely associated with the Tea Party and could be seen as political, reports CBS New York.
â€śIt has no association with any one particular group. No one owns that flag but the United States of America and thatâ€™s the freedom that we want to prevail,â€ť claimed Peter Parente, president of the United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association.
However, the â€śDonâ€™t Tread On Meâ€ť flag has appeared at many Tea Party protests, reported NPR in 2010.
According to TalkingPointsMemo.com in 2010, the Virginia Tea Party wanted the slogan on state license plates.
â€śThe bottom line is there was no permission asked for or granted to fly this flag on city property, and therefore it was removed,â€ť said New Rochelle City Manager Chuck Strome. â€śSome members of the public and city council have felt that flag was adopted by the Tea Party and took offense to having a political statement on public property."
Some members of the city council who voted against the â€śDonâ€™t Tread On Meâ€ť flag said they have been receiving racially charged hate mail, another sign of the Tea Party, reported HuffingtonPost.com in 2009.