In 1774 the town of Huntington, NY took the step of adopting it's own resolution making it illegal to seize private land while stopping short of calling for revolution. After the adoption the town added the word LIBERTY to their British Red Ensign flag on one side and George III on the other. When the Declaration of Independence was read on the town green the townsfolk wasted no time in taking down their flag and removing the Union Jack and name of King George from it, leaving a red flag with the word LIBERTY. The removed fabric was stuffed into an effigy of the king, hung on a gallows and burned!
The men of Huntington marched to Brooklyn in early August of 1776 to join the Continental Army there, fighting during the Battle of Long Island from August 22nd to August 29th. During the battle Hessian troops captured the Huntington flag, and on September 1st of 1776 British Troops captured and occupied Huntington, remaining there until the end of the war in 1783.