Chris Conlon, owner of Cousin Vinnie’s & Guido’s in Old Towne Daphne, has announced he’ll be having a benefit/rally for local veterans’ groups and first responders this Sunday evening as a way of exercising his own First Amendment rights regarding the season-long NFL saga of players kneeling during the National Anthem. 

Conlon says he’s shutting the Siamese-twin restaurants down at 2 p.m. Sunday and they’ll reopen at 4 p.m. to serve free spaghetti to the veterans groups and first responders who show up. There will be a cash bar, but it’s what won’t be there that may be the most shocking. No Super Bowl. Conlon says the tilt between the Patriots and Eagles won’t be on his boob tubes that night. The focus will be on celebrating the people he feels have ensured our rights to free speech. 

“I plan to get them fat and happy until the food runs out,” he said. 

He says lots of folks have volunteered to come serve, and he expects to see plenty of representatives from local police and fire departments along with the American Legion and VFW. 

Conlon says he’s also sending an invite to ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kapernick, the man who started the whole controversy. We’ll have to see if that happens. The benefit/rally will last until 8 p.m.