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Bin Laden's death creating new sense of patriotism

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - In the wake of bin Laden's capture, many are coming together and showing their love for the U.S.

While signs of patriotism aren't as strong as after 9/11, they're certainly popping up everywhere, and that includes San Diego County.

The Padres and patriotism went hand in hand on Monday night, as the players themselves asked to wear camouflage uniforms. Ted Koopman, a former naval commander, says after a decade-long hunt, the killing of Osama bin Laden gives the country a much-needed boost.

"We've been hunting this terrorist down many years and we finally got him, and hopefully we will get the rest of those guys, the bad guys," Ted said.

At Monday night's game, players not only wore their hearts on their sleeves, but the flag itself. Yet the boisterous crowd was able to contain itself for a moment of silence for those lost defending freedom.

A new sense of country can be seen across the county. In Escondido, a business owner painted thr roof of his construction business with the American flag, and in Fresno, flag waving and appreciation of those who serve is creating unity.

"Sometimes we get bogged down in the pettiness, and so I think this reminds me of what we have been working toward for the past 10 years," military spouse Elizabeth Troyer said.

Elizabeth says that new sense of nationalism is alive at home and abroad, on the ship that buried bin Laden's body at sea.

"I think it's a great morale booster for the ship, for the Carl Vinson. A lot of those people have been deployed a lot in the past decade, so they get to be a part of something for the country and the world," she said.

This morning I noticed my neighbor is flying a new flag at his house, and I need the viewers' help. We need people to email us if they are showing off their patriotism. Email me at, and we will try to feature whatever you have. We need your tips, so send them in.

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