It was April 21, 1836, during the Texas Revolution, when General Sam Houston and his army defeated General Santa Anna’s Mexican army.
Texas won its independence from Mexico in a battle that lasted just 18 minutes.
Hundreds of people gathered at the San Jacinto Monument on Thursday to commemorate the brave Texas soldiers who fought and died that day.
Nancy Burch is the great-great-granddaughter of General Sam Houston, who led the charge to secure Texas independence.
Burch said she has been a part of this annual ceremony since she was a child. “I think I led the Pledge of Allegiance when I was 10 years old,” Burch said.
She said many years ago, San Jacinto Day was a state holiday, and she was disappointed it wasn’t anymore.
“History isn’t taught very well and this is a special part of our area so it’s quite important. If that fight hadn’t proven successful, Texas could still be a part of Mexico,” Burch continued.
Because people like Luann Zacek, descendant of Aaron Burleson, who helped found Santa Anna, have been bringing their grandchildren to the annual ceremony for the past three years.
“To be here for my grandchildren and I and to honor our departed ancestors and those who fought in battle was the most pivotal battle in the northern hemisphere,” Zacek said.
This year, 10-year-old AJ Pesek and his 9-year-old brother Henry attended the ceremony and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
“My favorite part of (Thursday) was leading the people through the oath of allegiance and the firing of the guns,” said Henry Pesek. “I have lots of pictures so I don’t forget this fun and enjoyable day.”.”
The anniversary also includes a re-enactment ceremony that will take place on Sunday.
Carl Hill portrays Capt. Mosely Baker, who famously wrote the phrase “Remember the Alamo. Remember Goliad”.
Hill says it is his greatest honor to have been a part of the event in the past 25 years.
“I had a relative who fought in the Texas Revolution. He died in Goliad. His family came to Texas when it was a republic, so I have a great affinity for our state and am proud to represent it,” Hill said.
The anniversary celebration continues this weekend with a re-enactment of the Battle of San Jacinto. It takes place this Saturday at 10am at the San Jacinto Monument in LaPorte
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