On March 6, just a few days after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, General Antonio López de Santa Anna with a force of more than 2,000 soldiers brutally killed the 189 defenders of the Alamo led by Col. William B. Travis. Later, on March 27, Col. James W. Fannin and 342 prisoners were deliberately executed by Santa Anna at the Goliad Massacre. Despite seemingly overwhelming odds, these early Texicans under the overall leadership of Gen. Sam Houston prevailed over the superior forces of Gen. Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.
Subsequent to Gen. Houston’s brilliant victory at San Jacinto, acting President of Texas, David G. Burnet, and Gen. Santa Anna signed the Treaty of Velasco following Santa Anna’s capture the next day. Thus marked the beginning of the fledgling Republic of Texas, which prevailed as a sovereign nation for almost 10 years when it became the 28th state in December 1845.
Texas endured a turbulent beginning and generations of struggle to civilize this vast expanse of frontier wilderness. Because of these trials, we Texans are uniquely blessed with a rich tradition and well-earned pride. We share a legacy bought with sacrifice and duty above self by Texans throughout history. According to what I read, the flag of the Lone Star State is entitled to fly at the same height as the United States flag, so perhaps we need to start celebrating March 2nd with the same intensity as the Fourth of July.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.