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It was a show of colors.

Red, white and blue of the American flag dominated the main streets of Sonora Saturday afternoon during a march and rally in support of President George Bush and the U.S. troops that are part of the Middle East forces.

Sonora police estimate well over 600 people jammed Courthouse Park Saturday afternoon to say the Pledge of Allegiance, sing the National Anthem and hear from various speakers in support of the United States leadership and military effort staged near Iraq.

At least 300 people march from Rotary Park across from the fair grounds, along South Washington Street to the Courthouse Park.

“I feel very strongly that we ought to support our troops,” said former Tuolumne County supervisor candidate Jerry Morrow of Twain Harte.

“I´ve been telling people we should turn around and support the war, and when this march was started, I felt it was very that we put up or shut up. I´m here today for that reason,” Morrow said Saturday.

“…Put up or shut up.”

They waved flags, sang patriotic songs and chanted “USA, USA, USA.”

Paula Johansen a Sonora business owner said looking at the sea of American flags and people in support of their country, “This is the real America.”