We are in the midst of a presidential election year as if you did not know. The candidates are very exuberant about what they plan to do if they are elected. I am not lauding one candidate over another in this piece, although as we say in the south, I have my “druthers”. I would “druther” speak to what this day means to me
Today is an official holiday. People around the world should celebrate this day. I know I do. On March 2, 1836, an event occurred that still reverberates today. One hundred and eighty years ago, Texians, who were non-Hispanic residents of Coahuila y Tejas, (soon to be the Republic of Texas), declared their independence from Mexico. I am a Texan by birth. I celebrate this day.
Recently, the state of Texas passed a law allowing fireworks to be sold for this day. This is in addition to Christmas and new Year celebrations and the Fourth of July. I have always thought it odd that we can shoot off fireworks only on certain days of the year. Normally, I am not a person who spends money on something to burn on purpose although I may make an exception for this occasion. This is a big deal. I’m not just blowing smoke.
However, the independence of Texas was not immediate. It was in dispute until April 21, 1936, when at the battle of San Jacinto the Texians defeated the Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna, after the ill-fated Alamo siege.
I do not pretend to be any Texas historian and do not want to make this a Texas History lesson however; it is extremely interesting to me. I recommend you research it and discover the unique position that Texas has in the history books of the United States.
It just so happens that I will be in La Grange, Texas, this coming weekend. This is in close proximity to the position of General Sam Houston on March 16, 1836, when he received additional troops for his march to San Jacinto. This is also the place where many Texas heroes are interred. In fact, many sites through this region reflect on the historic places of Texas history. If and when you have an opportunity, it would be a fantastic road trip to tour this area.
For me, this truly is an historic day. I hope that you will in someway discover the historic values of your place of residence. They may be just as exciting to you as this is to me. And in the words of the Texians at San Jacinto, “Remember the Alamo, Remember Goliad”. It all began on March 2, 1836.
Thanks for allowing me to share some of my heritage with you.