City Demands Restaurant Remove Fallen Hero Flags, Owner Fights Back

AndrewBlake

The city says flags honoring fallen police and military heroes violates city ordinance.

Grand Rapids, MI – The owner of a Grand Rapids restaurant is refusing a city demand to take down flags that honor the police and military killed in a line of duty.

Johnny Brann, owner of Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille, flies flags with the names of local police officers and military personnel killed in the line of duty.

Brann, a Republican Michigan state representative, explained that the city of Grand Rapids said the flags were a violation of the city ordinances because he had exceeded the allowed amount of signage, according to the Detroit Free Press.

“The flags and the names of the fallen heroes on the building are not coming down," Brann told the Detroit Free Press.

Brann said he flies the flags as a tribute to law enforcement and military personnel who were killed while serving their country.

He said he will apply for a zoning variance that would allow the banners to stay, but even if he doesn’t get it, he’s not taking down the memorial banners.

“I’m going to go through the process, but regardless of the result I’m not taking the flags down,” Brann said. “These people gave their lives for us and they deserve to be honored and remembered. I’m going to continue to make sure they are.”

At one point, Brann had two banners hanging on the outside wall of his restaurant, in addition to the flags.

“They’re damned if they do, they could die if they don’t: Our police officers," one banner read.

“Thank you! Grand Rapids police,” said another.

But people complained those banners were political and offensive, so Brann took them down.

The state representative is not easily bullied, and said this time he won’t be pressured to take down the flags and names of the fallen heroes.

Brann made news in 2015 when he banned Hollywood liberals Michael Moore and Seth Rogen from his restaurants after they both made negative comments about the movie American Sniper on Twitter.

Moore called snipers “cowards,” and Rogen tweeted that the movie reminded him of a Nazi propaganda film.

Comments (21)
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Caprice56
Caprice56

Don’t back down. They get an inch,and they want that mile. Someone needs to show support for the police. Active and fallen!

EMarie
EMarie

Go for it!

maui_west
maui_west

Stand your ground son.....we back the blue.....we back the vets.....

BiffCanlett
BiffCanlett

Far far away from me, but I would happily contribute to a GO FUND ME campaign to recall the city fathers responsible for this action ! They work for the people, not visa versa.

rcanterbu5
rcanterbu5

Can’t wait to eat at your restaurant, I will have to make a road trip from the east side of the state first, thank you sir. Don’t back down.

Sgt Duck
Sgt Duck

Amazing

rovaz
rovaz

A nice way to Honor those that gave it all for their country, community, people so we may be free. Keep them flying.

Bill Menefee
Bill Menefee

I’m a retired KY Officer. I am happy to see someone finally get a backbone and stand up for something positive. I’m sure if BLM or any other group posted the anti American propaganda it would be allowed. Like others I would gladly allowed contribute to a go fund me page..,

gfc1963
gfc1963

Keep them up! Anyone who complains about this sort of stuff needs their head examining!

Mic911
Mic911

Keep up the fight, don't back down!! This crap of these cities and their zoning laws are getting out of hand. Where is the RESPECT for the fallen?

Moe94
Moe94

Stick to your beliefs, "they cannot take our Freedom". You have my support in New Jersey!

sidhhds
sidhhds

What happened to free speech?

Resa
Resa

We STAND WITH YOU IN GA!! Thank you for STANDING!!

cliff_1954
cliff_1954

It’s only because of those who have payed for it with their lives.

lcart00
lcart00

Look at the Grand Rapids City (lack of) leadership.

anette
anette

The owner is actually Johnny Brann, Sr.

jjlsie517
jjlsie517

Thank you for supporting our police and military. Next time I am in Grand Rapids, I would be privileged to visit your establishment. Thank you!

dennisbmurphy
dennisbmurphy

Publicity stunt. Why does Brann get to violate ordinances just because he's honoring vets and LEO?

He even said his violation should get a pass due to content- that's double standard- the city can't ban due to content -he should not get a pass due to content.

dennisbmurphy
dennisbmurphy

it is not a "lack of leadership" by the city as one person put it above- but actually IS leadership.... If Brann doesn't like the ordinance then petition to get it changed but he's trying to be special and violate it with a heartstring tug

dennisbmurphy
dennisbmurphy

Complying with an ordinance doesn't violate free speech- any of the banners could easily be moved inside his establishment.


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