Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Viva Mexico

Mexico sends first aid convoy ever to U.S.

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico - Mexican army convoys and a navy ship laden with food, supplies and specialists traveled to the United States on Wednesday to help in the Hurricane Katrina relief effort — a highly symbolic journey marking the first time Mexico’s military has aided its powerful northern neighbor.

A convoy of 45 vehicles and 196 soldiers arrived at the border city of Nuevo Laredo Wednesday evening. It was to cross into U.S. territory early Thursday, Gen. Francisco Ortiz Valadez told reporters as his men refueled at a local gas station.

Analysis: Insert Mexico joke here. However, I think that this is pretty cool. I grew up on the border, and I've always had a special place in my heart for Mexico and its culture. I'm glad to see that they are sending help. I'm especially glad that they are coming to Texas. If they are still here when my unit has its next drill in San Antonio, maybe we can pay them a visit.


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