Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, the day we celebrate our independance, our freedoms, and our patriotism, but one lady in the downtown area won her fight to celebrate every day of the year!

86 year old Leonor Valadez lives at the Sun Plaza housing complex that is run by the El Paso Housing Authority, and she says Housing Authority officials have been trying to keep her from flying an American flag in the courtyard of the complex for 2 years!

The El Paso Times reports that when Leonor was told by Housing Authority officials that they didn't have a flag to fly, she limped to the flagpole on her walker and installed her own flag.


Then, complex managers told her that another flag she had put up had been stolen, and when she got yet another flag, she couldn't fly it because complex managers told her that the wind had destroyed the flagpole rope.

Leonor says she is patriotic because four of her brothers served our country from World II through the Vietnam War.

Since going to the media about her problem with the Housing Authority, a flag has been installed in the courtyard, and Leonor says, "Me da gusto to finally see a flag flying."

Congratulations Leonor for winning the fight for our flag, and thanks to you and your brothers for being such amazing Americans!  In your, and their, honor, here are two moments in American history that show us why our flag is so important to us.

The first is the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima.

The second clip is from the day after September 11, 2001 when a group of rescue workers raised a flag at the Ground Zero site:

Happy Fourth of July, Leonor!