Lone Phoenix Resident Celebrates Death of Osama Bin Laden

When news broke last night that vile terrorist Osama Bin Laden had been killed, millions of Americans began celebrating in cities across the nation. 

In Washington, D.C., thousands gathered in front of the White House to chant and cheer in fervent fashion into the early hours of the morning. Meanwhile, a throng of countless New Yorkers gathered near Ground Zero to rejoice in the death of one of the masterminds of the September 11th attacks. Similar celebrations also took place in Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles

And as for the Valley? Uh, not much happened that we could see, save for the one-man patriotic demonstration conducted by Manuel Gonzales.

The 18-year-old Phoenix resident says he felt an "overwhelming sense of patriotism" last night after hearing the news of Bin Laden's death and wanted to mark the occasion with an impromptu celebration.

So around 10 p.m., he grabbed an American flag and began walking south along 24th Street near his home while waving Old Glory

We encountered Gonzales south of Camelback Road in the midst of his personal parade, and witnessed a couple of cops from the Phoenix Police give him a thumbs up.  

"This just something I felt I had to do," Gonzales told us. "A few people have honked and waved at me, so I know I'm not the only one who is feeling patriotic."

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.

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