Texas Independence Day Forgotten By Some, Cherished By All

Texas Independence Day Forgotten By Some, Cherished By All

Anum Valliani

NewsWest 9

People may "Remember the Alamo", but Texas Independence Day, not so much. On March 2, 1836, 59 Texans signed the Declaration of Independence from Mexico. But for many in the state today, the day slips beneath the rug.

"Actually, I'm ashamed to say I'm a life-long Texan and I did not know that," K.C. Gore said.

"Well unfortunately I found out through Facebook," Andrea Arispe of Midland, said. 

That's a major problem according to history buffs like Pat McDaniel.

"It's important to me that we remember the past efforts of our forefathers and that we inspire younger generations to learn about Texas history," he said.

McDaniel is the director of the Haley Memorial Library and History Center in Midland, where every year, rain or shine, there's a celebration.

"We fire off a round of muskets and canons and we just have a good time celebrating Texas," he said.

Gore, who's traveled the Globe, said he still remembers the essence of the day and could even spit out some key components of the Texas Revolution.

"Of course the Alamo, Battle of Goliad, William Barret Travis, all the guys, Sam Houston. We were taught all of that in school so it's a source of pride for me," McDaniel said.
But McDaniel feels there's a dwindling interest in history in schools.  

"It doesn't seem to be as important. I think there's a lot of focus on concerns with math and science and things like that, but it doesn't do us any good to forget where we came from," he said. 

So all McDaniel wants is for people to be more aware of why Texans should be prideful. The museum has loads of resources on the sacrifices made that illustrate that, including about 12,000 photographs that they administer to places like the History Channel and Discovery Channel.

The museum also has the original bell that hung in the Alamo. Five Midlanders brought it back to the states from Europe, and now, it never leaves the building.  

"If you're not from Texas, you can't really understand the pride we take in being Texan. So I don't think they can really relate as much as somebody that grew up here," she said. But next year she wants to make sure to represent. "I think I might put it on my calendar now," she said. 

"I've lived all over the world and there's no place like Texas, so I guess I'm going to have to Barbecue whether its cold or not," Gore said.