On this day in 1836, the Texian army commanded by General Sam Houston, won the day and secured independence for the Republic of Texas.
While still recognized as a state holiday, celebration and coverage of the day has been severely eroded over the years. The annual reenactment at the San Jacinto Battleground will take place as usual, this year on Saturday, April 23rd but those widespread civic celebrations of decades past are just distant memories.
For nine glorious years Texas held its place among the sovereign nations of the world but now, 180 years after that epic battle, few bother to remember or make this day special.
All Texans, and Texans at heart, should pause and give thought to those intrepid souls, those brave men and women who followed a dream and forged a nation. Circumstances and the political ambitions of larger nations conspired to stifle the hopes of the Texans, a subject for historians to argue, but for one brief, shining moment a Lone Star shone brightly over our Texas home.
For those who would like more information on this subject I have provided a couple of links as a jumping off place for further study.
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I know that Texas are so proud of their lone star and it’s flag. I remember virtually all my neighbours back in Houston had one mounted on their entrance or some part of their home.
The Lone Star flag is who we are. It is more widely displayed than is the Stars and Stripes and, in point of fact, the only state banner recognized around the world.