On this day in 1836, Texas declared itself a free and sovereign nation.
For the following ten history filled years until it was annexed by the U.S. Government, Texas fought for its freedom and liberty beginning with an historic slogan directed at the Mexican Government.
Our finest U.S. Senator(soon to be the Senior Senator from Texas), Ted Cruz, issued a statement for the occasion. As always, Sen. Cruz was clear and precise.
“Courage and a love of liberty have long been defining characteristics of the Texas spirit. Both were exemplified 178 years ago when fifty-nine delegates convened in Independence Hall at Washington-on-the-Brazos to declare Texas’ independence.
“Inflamed by General Santa Anna’s refusal to abide by the Mexican Constitution of 1824 and inspired by the United States’ first Declaration of Independence, the men produced their own Declaration and resolved ‘that the people of Texas do now constitute a free, Sovereign, and independent republic.’
“The same love of ‘life, liberty, and property of the people’ that spurred the Texians at the Alamo and throughout the Revolution still lives in each Texan today. They fought for it. They died for it. We owe it to their sacrifice to carry the torch of freedom for future generations. And we will.
“Keep that resolve strong and when anyone threatens our liberties, proudly say, as only a Texan can, ‘come and take it!’”
For long time or life long Texians these words are instilled early on and accepted without question, as evidenced by our state song which was adopted in 1924.
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.
So Happy Birthday, Texas. May you continue to be a beacon of freedom and liberty in these troubling times