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Texas Independence Day celebrated with music, costumes, and bell ringing

By Donna McCollum

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - School children singing Texas Our Texas is a reassuring note to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in Nacogdoches. Just maybe, young Texans are learning the historical significance of the Lone Star State. "If they don't know about it then it will get lost. The whole history will be lost," said Ann Phillips, this year's organizer of the annual observance.

"Do you know about Sam Houston?," said Leon Hallman, dressed in a period costume. He provided a lesson that you're never too old to hear. "He was the commander general in the war that followed the Declaration of Texas Independence," explained Hallman.  "And that was the Battle of San Jacinto. We defeated Santa Anna, then I became president of the Republic of Texas. I was the first president."

The leaders of today recognize the sacrifices as valuable lessons. "We should never ever forget all those who came before us and these ladies see to that," said Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn, prior to reading a proclamation. They also see that local historian Bryan Holt Davis makes his way to the second floor of the Old University Building to ring in Independence Day.   "It's a fun thing to do and I'm very honed to get to do it and hope I can keep on doing it as long as I can climb the stairs," said Davis.

Fiddle tunes of the era also ushered in the 173rd anniversary of Texas Independence. They were played from the Old University steps, 150 years old in its own right.   Texas Independence celebrated in true Texas fashion.

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