Sunday, June 22, 2014

Texas Independence Day, April 21, 1836

The San Jacinto Battleground State Park exist because of this day.  This is the day that Texas won their independence from from Mexico; it was the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution. Led by General Sam Houston, the Texian Army engaged and defeated General Antonio López de Santa Anna's Mexican army in a fight that lasted just 18 minutes.

There is an annual Texas Independence Relay that is held each year.  The Texas Independence Relay is composed of 40 relay legs of various lengths, totaling over 200 miles. The course starts in Gonzales, where the spark of the Texas Revolution took place, and it finishes at the San Jacinto Monument, where Texas Independence was won!   This year we got to be a part with our park host duties.  It was really cool seeing these guy/gals that had made the run and assisting those that needed help.  Again we got to drive the Kubota and give rides to those that in need of it. 

The day of the battle fell, this year, on a Tuesday and there was a ceremony held.  Again we got to work security in with our park hosting duties and got a chance to be a part of everything.  The re-enactors came and we had Sam Houston IV there in person.  The ceremony was in remembrance of those that fought in the battle for our independence from Mexico. 

The following weekend was the big festival that was open to the public along with the reenactment of the battle.  Fred and I got to work with the archery booth help/teaching visitors how to shoot the bow.  There were booths everywhere and a number of bands playing throughout the day.  Weather was nice that day so we had a good turn out.  If you have not been and you live in the area you need to go.