The US Wanted This Border Wall Mural Taken Down. Instead, a Group of Veterans Repainted It.
The distress, the poignancy, the legitimacy of the argument the vets make here are each compelling by themselves. The mural just makes a perfect image. My deepest respects to these vets who have suffered an injustice at the hands of President Trump.
By Hunter Schwarz, CNN’s COVER/LINE
Updated 3:06 PM ET, Tue May 29, 2018
Tijuana (CNN)A group of deported US veterans gathered Saturday at Friendship Park in Tijuana, Mexico, before Memorial Day to repaint a mural of an upside-down American flag. The mural, faded and covered in graffiti since it first went up in 2013, is the centerpiece of the park, which sits at the edge of the US-Mexico border, where a border wall juts out into the Pacific.
An upside-down flag is a sign of distress, and the crosses in place of stars are symbols of those who die trying to cross the border, said Amos Gregory, the mural’s artist and a Navy veteran who works with the deported vets. A lot of people don’t realize US veterans, if they are not citizens, can get deported.”We’re touching it up,” Gregory said of the mural. “We try to do it at least yearly, to get down here together.”