Today is Texas Independence Day. It’s a day that says a lot about the character of this state.

On March 2, 1836, the Alamo was surrounded. The garrison at Goliad soon would be massacred. As the Mexican army advanced, settlers were pulling up stakes and running for Louisiana.

If the problems facing the country today make you uneasy, try to picture what folks in Texas were facing then.

In the middle of all that, Texas’ representatives met at Washington-on-the-Brazos and declared the republic’s independence.

It was one of history’s great acts of defiance. It was an act of courage when prospects looked bleak.

If you have a Lone Star flag, today’s a good day to fly it.

Heber Taylor is editor of The Daily News. He can be reached at or 409-683-5245.

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