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Texans and U. of Texas exes celebrated Texas Independence Day on March 2, 2014

Painting of Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto (1898) by Henry Arthur McArdle (1836–1908)
Painting of Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto (1898) by Henry Arthur McArdle (1836–1908)
Photograph by J. Williams via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

"Be always sure you're right – then go ahead”; “Y'all can go to hell, I'm goin' to Texas”; “I must say as to what I have seen of Texas, it is the garden spot of the world” - Davy Crockett (1786-1836)

March 2 every year is the day we Texans take time to remember and honor the day when 60 men of the Convention of 1836 adopted the Texas Declaration of Independence.

The newspapers of most major Texas media failed to mention anything about this state holiday, which shortly thereafter, resulted in General Sam Houston winning the Texas War of Independence just 49 days later.

However, newspapers from three cities which have historic connections to the events leading up and shortly after March 2, 1836 did the right thing with their reportage. San Antonio described a celebration held at the Alamo where 192 defenders held off more than 5000 members of General Santa Anna's army for what is known as the 13 Days of Glory.

Houston is the location of Battle of San Jacinto, the last battle of the war which was on April 20, 1836. Their paper discussed this year's celebration in Washington on the Brazos, the location where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed.

And College Station, only 30 miles from Washington on the Brazos, informed their readers how re-enactors “wearing coonskin caps” and toting “muzzle-loading rifles” brought history to light for visitors to the 293-acre Washington on the Brazos Historic Park.

We graduates from the University of Texas here in Austin are very proud of our heritage. Students at “The University” have been celebrating Texas Independence Day since March 2, 1897. And in 1900, the Ex-Students Association adopted a resolution which said, “Whenever two Texas Exes shall meet on March 2, they all shall sit and break bread and pay tribute to the institution that made their education possible.”

If we aren't here in Austin, many of us Texas Exes look towards Austin (aka, the “Capital City” and the “40 Acres”) every March 2 and toast the day when Texas declared its independence from Mexico and became a republic.

To all y'all, wherever you are, “Hook 'em Horns”! It was a great day!

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