Obama Speaks in shadow of giant Mexican flag...
One American park ranger said the Mexican flag appears during holidays and major events. Soon after Mr. Obama departed El Paso, the flag came down — suggesting Mexican officials had raised it just to provide a backdrop for the president’s visit.
The Mexican flag, one of a number of “banderas monumentales,” or big flags, that Mexican officials have erected in cities along the border, sits in a park in Juarez, the Mexican city mirroring El Paso.
“This flag will remind everyone across the border that we are a sovereign nation,” then-Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo said in 1997 at a ceremony dedicating the flag. “It is also a reminder that we are an independent nation ready to defend its people wherever they may be.”
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