On March 2nd, 1836, a group of sixty Texans packed into Independence Hall at Washington-on-the-Brazos to sign a document to affirm their right to self-government and “the right of worshiping the true and living God.” Though fearful of the consequences of their actions, these patriots bravely forged together words that have since echoed from the Brazos Valley to the farthest reaches of the earth. Possessed by the fire of liberty, Texans joined together and repelled a government that had “ceased to protect the lives, liberty, and property of the people.”
It has been said that Texas is an “obsession,” a state of mind that possesses the hearts of all who call it home. While we are a people whose stories are varied as the wildflowers, Texans all unite under the common bond of the Lone Star Flag. Not merely because it serves as a symbol of our state, but rather because it serves as a symbol of that which Texans hold most dear. Stitched into the fabric of our banner is the belief that we, as a people freed from tyranny, can live our lives in peace and prosperity, raising future generations to do the same.
As modern society continues to reject the religious and political foundations upon which it was formed, Texans must not waver in the face of opposition. We must stand as firm in our convictions as our forefathers stood at the walls of the Alamo, cognizant that sacrifices must be made in order to preserve the cause of freedom. We must, as a people, continue to remind those in positions of political power that “Nations, as well as individuals, are amenable for their acts to the public opinion of mankind.”
Like a lone voice in the desert, Texas continues to draw to herself a people who have not forsaken the essence of that which ensures the longevity of a productive society: faith, family, life, and liberty. As long as Texas continues to remain a place where these values can thrive, the Lone Star Flag will continue to fly.
Happy Texas Independence Day! May God bless you, and may He continue to bless the great state of Texas!