Past Features

July 5, 2015

Flags Are Along the Border
A Triumph for Americans

Top: Gabby Saucedo Mercer places a flag on the letter "A"
Bottom: Thousands of flags spell out AMERICA on 64-foot-wide border banner. Each flag was individually sent in by an American with a note attached. -- (See Larger Photo)
American Border Patrol -- July 5, 2015   
Flags Along the Border --- Year 8
    For two days American Border Patrol showed how it can be done. On Friday, July 3, as volunteers placed 50,000 flags on letters that spelled out "GOD BLESS AMERICA, LAND THAT I LOVE," Mike King demonstrated technology that can secure the border.
    On Saturday, July 4,
volunteers moved the letters to a 64-foot-wide billboard. As this was happening, Jeanne Cahil, Jon Messenger and Jerome Campbell --- “Call of the West" --- entertained the crowd with wonderful songs that recalled the days of the pioneers and the westward movement.
    We heard wonderful speeches from people like Ed Smith whose great-great-grandfather was a commandant of the last Mexican presidio at Tucson.
    Gabby Saucedo Mercer, a legal immigrant from Mexico, explained what it meant to be an American. She read from Teddy Roosevelt's 1907 speech on immigration.
    Maria Espinoza of the Remembrance Project spoke of lives lost to people who had entered our country illegally. Later members of the audience lined up beneath the huge God Bless America banner to display at least fifty individual banners that remembered those lost to illegal alien murderers.
    Bill Herron of the Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform recalled a day in 1993 when he was in a group of people protesting illegal immigration on Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. He said the group was led by Glenn Spencer, but the story appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle --- not the Los Angeles Times which blacks out anything Spencer does or says.
    Spencer is also the leader of American Border Patrol. He has been in the fight against illegal immigration for 24 years - full time.
    "The most touching moment for me," Spencer commented, "was when an Air Force veteran told me this this was the best Fourth of July he had experienced in 75 years."