Locals share relief after bin Laden's death announcement - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Locals share relief after bin Laden's death announcement


In Lubbock, there were signs of patriotism in several places around town. And there were also some very happy Americans.

Just hours after people heard Osama bin Laden was killed, some patriots decorated the Will Rodgers statue at Texas Tech to express their support for America. The statue is draped with an American flag and red, white and blue streamers.

Others celebrated by going to the Veterans Memorial to show their respect for the troops who gave their lives to fight the war on terror.

"It's just a patriotic day. Yesterday was a good day. It's over, but it's not over. There are still men and women overseas, so we just have to bring them home," one woman said.

One person had strong feelings toward the death.

"I'm glad he's dead. I wish I was the one who shot him," one man said. 

But some said there is a lot of work to be done and the war on terror is not over. 

"I still wonder whether they did kill Osama bin Laden or not. If they did, I think it's a great thing. But for morale it's something we needed," another man said.

Despite bin Laden's death and fears of al-Qaida retaliation, officials at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport said there are no new security measures being put in place, and it is business as usual.  

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