Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune
It was a very patriotic scene in Bossier Parish on Wednesday afternoon March 2, as hundreds of Bossier residents gathered along Interstate 20 in Haughton. Residents of all ages were waving American flags in showing their support for the “American Freedom Convoy”.
Pastor Kay Gilbert from the Cowboy Outreach and the Arena of Life in Princeton, LA invited supporters to line the route off of I-20 in the Haughton area and to bring their American flags and signs to show their support.
“We had no idea what God had in store. And here we are, with hundreds of people to honor our nation and our freedom so that we can worship God freely. What a privilege that is,” said Gilbert.
Overwhelmed with pride at seeing her fellow supporters turn out for Wednesday’s gathering, parking volunteer Shannon Powell said: “I’m proud to see all who came out today, especially on a Wednesday. Most people took off work. We also have veterans out here to support this. I mean if we don’t stand up, it’s just going to keep going up. You have to support what you believe in.”
Early on the morning of Wednesday, March 2, the Shreveport Police Department advised motorists that the convoy would roll through town around 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. The advisory also made it known that the convoy would be traveling at the minimum posted speed, potentially causing delays.
Originating in Weatherford, Texas, this particular trucking convoy made its way to Dallas on Tuesday, March 1, then north to Oklahoma City and east to Little Rock. From there, on Wednesday, March 2, the convoy made its way to Texarkana, traveled through the Shreveport-Bossier area (late Wednesday afternoon) and then finally made its way through the Monroe-West Monroe area on Wednesday evening.
According to the organization’s website, Great American Patriot Project truckers from across the United States will converge in Washington, D.C. after starting from six different locations. Their actual arrival date in the nation’s capital will depend upon traffic, weather conditions and the number of trucks involved. Organizers are aiming for an arrival date of March 7.
“The American Freedom Convoy” is making its way to Washington D.C. to protest against the current administration’s stance on COVID-19, as well as global supply chain issues across the United States.
To learn more about American Truckers Freedom Convoy, including detailed route information and how you can show your support, go to: