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Free "God bless America" signs handed out after similar sign forced down at post office

Post office sign before it was forced down Post office sign before it was forced down

Pittsburg residents take a local fireworks company up on its offer for free "God Bless America" signs.  The signs may have a simple message, but people at today's event say there's a strong underlying message.  Today's event follows another event---this one controversial---that happened earlier this week.

Jeremie Johnson isn't here to loudly protest what happened only a couple of days earlier.

"We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for God," says Johnson.

Instead, he wants to help spark a "subtle boom," so to speak, courtesy of Jake's Fireworks.

"I want to voice it out to whoever I can," says Johnson.

Free signs that say "God Bless America."

"I'm going to put one in my yard," says Johnson.

The type of sign that used to be on Pittsburg's post office.

"I'm going to give one to my father-in-law and my mother-in-law," says Johnson.

The post office sign is gone, but there are plenty more on the way.

"I've got a hair salon place right across from where I live, and they requested for me to pick up one, too," says Johnson.

"We had one-thousand yard signs, and we had 300 to 400 of the three-by-six banners," says Devon Krusick with Jake's Fireworks.

Before the event could set sail though, the signs had to be printed in one night---in Wichita---157 miles away---about a three hour drive from Pittsburg.

"We sent a guy to go pick them up, and he stayed the night.  Helped them print.  Drove back this morning," says Krusick.

So much patriotism, but not that much surprise by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, an organization that let the federal government know about Pittsburg's "God Bless America" sign at the post office.

"Usually the response is something like this, people rallying," says Madeline Ziegler, with the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

"We have no problem whatsoever with private individuals displaying whatever they want on their personal property, as long as the government isn't using its power to show favoritism to one set of religious beliefs over another," says Ziegler.

Jake's Fireworks promises to make more "God Bless America" signs.

"We're taking names and we're going to try to get a sign to everybody that wants one," says Krusick.

Workers at Jake's hope people's patriotism stays lit.

U.S. Kansas Representative Lynn Jenkins says she is interested in buying the "God Bless America" banner that used to be outside of Pittsburg's post office.


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