This is what I post every year on this amazing day....
It was March 2, 1836 that independence was declared from the cruel Spanish dictator Santa Anna and Mexico. The Texas Declaration of Independence was produced, literally, overnight. Its urgency was paramount, because while it was being prepared, the Alamo was under siege by Santa Anna's Mexican army.
With the beginning of the Convention of 1836 on March 1, a committee of 5 of its delegates were appointed to draft the document. The committee, consisting of George C. Childress, Edward Conrad, James Gaines, Bailey Hardeman and Collin McKinney, prepared the declaration in record time. It was briefly reviewed, and adopted by delegates of the convention the following day. Here is the beginning excerpt:
When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted, and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression
Here is the end of the Texas Declaration of Independence:
The necessity of self-preservation, therefore, now decrees our eternal political separation.
We, therefore, the delegates with plenary powers of the people of Texas, in solemn convention assembled, appealing to a candid world for the necessities of our condition, do hereby resolve and declare, that our political connection with the Mexican nation has forever ended, and that the people of Texas do now constitute a free, Sovereign, and independent republic, and are fully invested with all the rights and attributes which properly belong to independent nations; and, conscious of the rectitude of our intentions, we fearlessly and confidently commit the issue to the decision of the Supreme arbiter of the destinies of nations.
I don't know if I'm the only one who got chills reading the last paragraph of our Declaration of Independence, but let's not forget this great holiday and our ancestors that fought for the Republic of Texas. Whether you're a 1st generation Texan, 6th generation Texan(like me) or 8th generation Texan(like my friend from work), just be glad that you're a Texan and a Longhorn.
My two favorite quotes: "Remember the Alamo and remember Goliad!"--the battlecry for the Texian army
"You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas."--Davy Crockett
It's always a great day to be Longhorn, but today I'm especially proud of our great university and great state. Hook'em Horns!
I did compile some of the info from a website or 2 (and obviously the Texas Declaration of Independence), but historically accurate to my knowledge of Texas history and respect to what went on at Independence Hall, located at Washington on the Brazos. There was some debate about Santa Anna being Spanish, but he was the son of a Spanish military officer and born in Vera Cruz.