Written by By U.S. Sen. John Cornyn Saturday, 03 March 2012 10:24
“I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls – I shall never surrender or retreat.” - William Barret Travis at the Alamo, 1836
Every year on March 2, Texans celebrate a holiday that is entirely and uniquely Texan—Texas Independence Day. The day marks the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence at the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos.
The 59 delegates to the historic convention were a diverse group. Two delegates, José Francisco Ruiz and José Antonio Navarro, were native Mexicans. The rest were immigrants from other parts of Mexico, the United States, and Europe. Two-thirds of the delegates were less than forty years old.