The 175th Anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto

Texas Independence Day Salute Sam Houston IV was on hand at today's event, which follows last weekend's re-enactment of the battle by men in period costumes and with period weapons.

"We had a re-enactment of the battle last Saturday, and I want everyone to know right here that we won again."

Former Governor Mark White has attended many of these ceremonies over the years, and stands amazed at the bravery of those pioneer Texans.

"The risks they ran were the ultimate risks. They were going to die if they didn't win. And they won. So it was a monumental battle, and it's one that a large number of Texans still enjoy celebrating."

Ed: "A more major battle than we might have thought."

"Well, that's true. You stop and think, what would the United States be without Texas and without much of the western part of the country today. We'd be a diminished nation."

Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby watched the commemoration.

"Well, this is a wonderful day. I've been here many times. It's a great tribute to the republic, and of course, General Houston."

Ed: "Do you think about the history? Do you think about where the state is headed?"

"Well, I think about Governor Perry wanting to secede from the union! He apparently didn't think of Sam Houston's advice very much!"

When the Mexican army was defeated on April 21st, 1836, Texas was declared a separate nation, until annexed by the United States in 1845 as the 28th state.

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