Thousands flock to Roswell for UFO anniversary

World Today

While the rest of the U-S embraces Independence Day, thousands of people are converging in the town of Roswell for an entirely different reason.

67 years ago this week, true believers say a UFO crashed in the desert outside this town in the state of New Mexico.

Roswell is basically in the middle of nowhere.

But the attraction to “what’s out there” is strong enough to lure more than 175-thousand people a year to this UFO Museum in the heart of the town.

Sometime in early July of 1947, some kind of wreckage was found on a ranch about 70-miles outside of the city.

The U.S. military first said it was a “flying saucer.” Then, quicker than you can say “ET,” the Army back-tracked and said it was just the remnants of a weather balloon.

To this day, people wonder, of all the places on earth why would aliens pick rural New Mexico to visit..

Don Schmitt, Roswell Historian, says, “It was as though someone else was very interested in our military potential at the time. I mean, we weren’t having sights over Manhattan. We were having them over proving grounds and test sights, and where the atomic bomb had been detonated.”

Don Schmitt is an author who has written a number of books on Roswell. He claims to have interviewed 600 or so people associated with the “event.”

Schmitt is convinced this was the trigger that interested aliens in our world.

The atomic age was ushered in at the Trinity site, just a few hours drive from where the UFO allegedly crashed. Despite an ounce of tangible proof-people believe.

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Thousands gather in Roswell for UFO anniversary

Thousands gather in Roswell for UFO anniversary

While the rest of the U-S embraces Independence Day, thousands of people are converging in the town of Roswell for an entirely different reason.

Each year, there are an estimated 70-thousand reported UFO sightings. That comes out to about 192 a day. Still, there has never been a confirmed tracking of a UFO entering earth’s atmosphere-at least, not that we know. Laughed at, or ridiculed for decades, many who “believe” point to studies that show nearly half the people in the U.S. are convinced that UFOs are real.

CCTV’s Sean Callebs reports.