Cornyn Commemorates Texas Independence Day
by John Cornyn on March 2, 2011 at 10:54 AM
As we know, death came to the defenders of the Alamo, but victory later came for the people of Texas. And today 25 million Texans can celebrate our liberty, and honor the founding generation of Texans who secured it for us. Happy Texas Independence Day, and God Bless Texas.
In March of 1836, delegates from 59 Texas settlements gathered in the small town of Washington-on-the-Brazos. They met to declare their independence from Mexico and their determination to live in liberty. Less than 200 miles to the West, Santa Anna’s army was laying siege to the Alamo. Its young commander, William Barret Travis, had sent out a letter just days earlier. On April 21 of that year, Sam Houston and about 900 Texas soldiers defeated the larger Mexican army at the Battle of San Jacinto. By this victory, Texans won the independence they had declared less than two months earlier.