In the aftermath of the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, Lufkin Mayor Jack Gorden has declared today, May 2nd, "Pride in America Day", and people in the Lufkin area are invited to celebrate this day later today at Lufkin City Hall.


Gorden made the proclamation when it was learned that Bin Laden was killed in a gun battle with U.S. forces early Sunday in Pakistan.

The Lufkin observance will be held this afternoon at 5:30 on the steps of City Hall. In the event of inclement weather, it will be held indoors in the City Hall Atrium.

Organizer Neal Naranjo of the Sons of the American Revolution says participants are invited to bring American flags, because "There will be lots of flag waving, patriotic singing, and speakers as we celebrate our "Pride in America.'

The Department of Homeland Security Department warns that bin Laden's death could inspire retaliatory attacks against the U.S. and Western targets.

In fact, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, told Guantanamo Bay interrogators the terror group would detonate a nuclear bomb somewhere in Europe, and unleash what he called "a nuclear hellstorm" if Osama bin Laden was captured or killed, according to classified files released by the WikiLeaks website.

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