Don’t forget to fly the Lone Star Flag today on San Jacinto Day.

On April 21, 1836, Gen. Sam Houston’s army defeated the Mexican army.

As battles go, San Jacinto was spectacular only in its brevity — 18 minutes. Both armies were small.

Compared to the murderous battles of the American Civil War, it was virtually bloodless.

But it’s hard to imagine any battle having a greater impact. In a single day, a republic that appeared to be on the verge of collapse won its freedom.

Before long a territory ranging from Texas to California would change hands. A country that would have developed as a region of Mexico would become part of the United States.

There are many good ways to commemorate the day, including telling a child or grandchild about this bit of history.

You might pay a visit to the Texas Heroes Monument at 25th Street and Broadway in Galveston.

The monument commissioned by Henry Rosenberg was dedicated on San Jacinto Day in 1900. Special trains came to Galveston from across the state.

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Carlos Ponce

Contrary to popular myth, Lady Victory, who stands atop the Texas Heroes Monument, does not point out Galveston's brothels.

"Lady Victory stands proud looking north across the State of Texas towards the battlefield of San Jacinto. Victory is holding a sheathed cross hilted sword pointing toward the earth, entwined with roses, in her left hand. The symbolism of the roses and sword define the beginning of an era of peace taken from German poetry. In Victory’s right hand is a crown of laurels for the heroes of the war. Under Lady Victory’s feet is the date October 2, 1835, the date of the Outbreak of Hostilities."

Ted Gillis

It’s the narrator on the “tour train” that keeps perpetuating that myth!

Ronald Boyd

Thank you DNEB for mentioning this significant date in Texas history.

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