Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Happy Birthday, Texas!

March 2 is the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence at Washington-on-the-Brazos in 1836.  The Texas Revolution had begun at Gonzales the previous October.  By the end of February, the defenders were under siege in the Alamo, which would fall on March 6.
Take care of my little boy. If the country should be saved, I may make for him a splendid fortune; but if the country be lost and I should perish, he will have nothing but the proud recollection that he is the son of a man who died for his country.  --William Barrett Travis, Last Letter from the Alamo
Following other disastrous battles, most notably the massacre of Texas troops at Goliad later in March, the Mexican army was defeated by Republic troops under command of Gen. Sam Houston at San Jacinto on April 21. 
If you visit San Antonio, take time to visit the Alamo.  It is easy to find because it is in the heart of downtown.  The grounds and building are maintained with beauty and dignity not by the government but by the Daughters of the Texas Republic.  Go early in the morning before the crowds arrive and wander the grounds, read the memorials, and enter the mission itself.  It is a good place to contemplate the meaning of liberty. 
Thanks, Cindy, for your reminder!

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