An upstate New York cafe got pulled back and forth before town fathers finally gave in to public pressure and allowed its owners to post a special banner in celebration of the holidays, and of who we are as Americans.
“God bless America,” the banner at Penfield, New York’s 5 Mile Cafe said.
“We are very patriotic here at the café – all year round –not just this time of year,” owner Jennifer Aquino told Fox News. “We have American flags and patriotic things around the café.”
Recent events throughout the country prompted her to hang the display.
“I was driving into work yesterday, and I just was very compelled with all that’s going on in Orlando and in our country,” she told local NBC affiliate WHEC 10 News. “I just really felt that that banner should be up.”
But she ran into trouble when she applied for permit to display the “God bless America” banner from Memorial Day through Independence Day. The city has a three-week limit for businesses to hang banners
Aquino had already used up her three-week allotment.
So she appealed to the town board to allow her to keep it up and was nixed.
“They said that if we let you put a banner up for that long, everybody’s going to want to put a banner up.”
The town gave her permission to hang the banner on July 4th, but not before then. That’s when Aquino decided to engage in an act of civil disobedience and display it anyway. She also took her case to the ultimate arbiter — the American people.
And public sentiment won the day for Aquino. She posted to the business’s Facebook page:
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