East Texas celebrates state's independence

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Daughters of the Republic of Texas proudly commemorate Texas Independence Day every year.

"And I'm proud of my Texas history," Sharon Rulfs Kerr said. "That's why they call me the 'History Lady.'"

Each 175 pulls on the heavy bell symbolize the stick-to-it nature of our state's early politicians, including Sam Houston.

"So I'm proud to be a part of that history, 175 years ago, but even more proud of being around a bunch of young people who are the future of this state," Kerr said.

It's a future that is at risk of learning anything much about their great state.

"We have heard that because Texas history is not on the TAKS test that there have been rumors that it would be removed," said Mary Goodwin, the Lufkin DRT president. "And of course, we get very upset."

"And if we don't include the history of Texas in there, once we're all gone, we may not have people celebrating this very special day," said Susan Aiken, the Nacogdoches DRT president.

At least in Nacogdoches, Texas history is very much in the forefront.

And elsewhere, a 175th anniversary of anything rarely goes unnoticed.

The United States Postal Service is offering a pictorial cancellation to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the state's independence.

Customers wishing to obtain a pictorial postmark should affix First-Class Mail® postage to any envelope or postcard of their choice, address the envelope or postcard to themselves or others, insert a card of postcard thickness in envelopes for sturdiness, and tuck in the flap. Place the envelope or postcard in a larger envelope and send it to the address listed above.

Pictorial postmarks are available only for the date indicated and requests must be postmarked no later than 60 days following the requested pictorial postmark date(s).

DRT members will take this year's recognition and draw on the hard-headed nature of their ancestors to make sure Texas history is always a part of the state's future.

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