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Friday, April 21, 2006

Remember The Alamo

On this day in 1836 the Republic of Texas was born. Just East of present day Houston is a sacred battleground called San Jacinto. It is here where approximately 910 Texas under the command of General Sam Houston defeated the Army of Dictator Santa Anna who outnumbered the Texans almost two to one. In a battle that lasted about 18 minutes there were 630 Mexicans killed, 208 wounded, and 730 taken prisoner. The Texans had two killed, 23 wounded six of them mortally.

For a more detailed account of the events leading up to the battle of San Jacinto see the following link:

http://www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/batsanjacinto.htm

The Lone Star Republic was brought into existence on this battlefield. For nine years Texas existed as a sovereign Republic with its own President and Congress, its own money and embassies in Europe. Texas holds the distinction of being the only state other than the original 13 colonies that fought for and gained its own independence from tyranny, consequently Texas is the Lone Star State!

Because of our glorious defense of liberty and freedom places like the Alamo, Goliad, and San Jacinto have been immortalized. Two of the largest statues in the country are in Texas. One of Stephen F. Austin (the Father of Texas) just north of Angleton on Hwy. 288 and the other of Sam Houston (commanding General of the Texan army for Independence, governor of two states, president of the Republic of Texas, U.S. senator) just south of Huntsville on Interstate 45. Of course there were other names that have been enshrined in our memories because of the sacrifices they made for an independent Texas. Men such as Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and Jim Travis

Quotes from Sam Houston:

"We view ourselves on the eve of battle. We are nerved for the contest, and must conquer or perish. It is vain to look for present aid: none is at hand. We must now act or abandon all hope! Rally to the standard, and be no longer the scoff of mercenary tongues! Be men, be free men, that your children may bless their father's name." (Just before the Battle of San Jacinto)

"Texas will again lift it's head and stand among the nations. It ought to do so, for no country upon the globe can compare with it in natural advantages"

"All new states are invested, more or less, by a class of noisy, second-rate men who are always in favor of rash and extreme measures, But Texas was absolutely overrun by such men."

"Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."


The state song of Texas:




Texas, Our Texas

Texas, our Texas! all hail the mighty State!
Texas, our Texas! So wonderful, so great!
Boldest and grandest, Withstanding ev'ry test;
O Empire wide and glorious, You stand supremely blest.

Chorus
God bless you, Texas!
And keep you brave and strong,
That you may grow in power and worth,
Thro'out the ages long.

Refrain
Texas, O Texas! Your freeborn Single Star,
Sends out its radiance To nations near and far.
Emblem of freedom! It sets our hearts aglow,
With thoughts of San Jacinto And glorious Alamo.

Texas, dear Texas! From tyrant grip now free,
Shines forth in splendor Your Star of Destiny!
Mother of Heroes! We come your children true,
Proclaiming our allegiance, Our Faith, Our Love for you.
God bless Texas and the United States of America!
My fullypersuaded opinion
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