Thursday, April 21, 2005

Happy San Jacinto Day

Top of the San Jacinto Monument, with Houston in the background.
It wasn't until I checked Bill Crider's Blog that I realized today is San Jacinto Day. Now, I feel unworthy, as a native Texan. Go ahead, rip off my epaulets and relieve me of my Bowie knife!

If you're middle-aged and grew up in Texas, you know that you get a heavy indoctrination in our state's history. I don't know if they still do that in public school today.

Since the San Jacinto Monument was so close to where I grew up (Baytown), I was always mindful of what the monument represented. I had at least one or two birthday parties over there, too. The restored Battleship Texas was a great place to run around and go nuts if you were around 7 years old.

Anyhow, check out Bill Crider's Blog, which says the Chron had some interesting historical information about the superior firepower of Sam Houston's Texians compared with Santa Anna's troops.

Sam Houston, a hell of a man.


cacafuego said...

Trivia: Only man ever to be governor of two states??

Sam Houston (Tennessee and Texas)

rorschach said...

I asked my 11 year old (fifth grader in KISD) if she knew what day it was. her response? "earth day?"

I said no, it was San Jacinto day, to which she replied "what's that?"

These kids these days.....

I wasn't even born a Texian and I knew THAT....

Back when I was going to school in AISD (circa late 70's-early 80's), it was mandated that Texas history be taught in grade school and in Junior High. Is it still mandated? or is it just another attempt by the Damned Yankees to destroy our fine Republic of Texas heritage?