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Monday, April 21, 2008

Two Celebrations for the Price of One

Two very important, and holy, remembrances this day.

In chronological order they are:
  1. San Jacinto Day
    It was on April 21, 1836 that Texican General Sam Houston and his small army defeated Mexico's Generalisimo Antonio de Padua María Severino López de Santa Anna y Pérez de Lebrón at a swamp on the San Jacinto River, east of what was then Harrisburg, or was it Allen's Landing(?), (now east Houston). For those that may not know their history properly, we're discussing the birth of the nation of Texas one hundred, seventy-two years ago. Texican, and Mexican, blood was poured out to birth this new nation. Santa Anna's army had, on March 6, 1836, overrun the garrison at the Alamo mission in San Antonio de Bexar (modern San Antonio, Texas). The garrison refused to surrender and was "put to the sword."

    For a sense of the Texican mood at San Jacinto, look up "El Degüello," the "no quarter" bugle call played by the Mexicans. I heard it once. The memory of the chills on my spine remains with me today.

  2. Aggie Muster
    We remember our dead. World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq and all of the "police actions" and "low intensity conflicts" that our country has fought. Right or wrong.

    For more information you can go here:
    o - Aggie Muster, April 21, 2008
    o - Muster (Texas A&M University)
    o - Roll Call For the Absent
    o - Any many more.

If you haven't guessed by now, I am a Texican. Dad traced our roots to someone coming from Tennessee in 1835. Dad was proud of his membership in the Sons of the Republic of Texas organization. He was also proud of his Sons of the American Revolution, Military Order of the Stars and Bars, and Sons of the Confederacy memberships.

In addition, I am an Aggie, Class of 1970 (TAMU) and the son of a Class of 1930 (TAMC). Neither one of us stayed around for the ring, but we are/were both very proud of our brothers, and, now, sisters from "the College."

To those both present and absent from our fellowship this year: Thank you for your friendship and service and God Bless Ya'll !

Gene, Class of '70

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