Thursday, April 21, 2011

San Jacinto Day

San Jacinto Day celebration marks 176th anniversary of famous battle: "As significant battles go, the size of the armies involved in the decisive engagement that led to Texas becoming a nation 175 years ago this week was relatively modest.

Even more compelling was the duration of the fighting at San Jacinto -- just 18 minutes.

But in true Texas fashion, the monument that commemorates the battle is 536 feet tall -- the world's tallest war memorial.

To some historians, the encounter April 21, 1836, between the ragtag 900-man Texian army and the more formally trained 1,300-man Mexican army is a metaphor for the Lone Star State.

'We'll make something big out of something small,' says Larry Spasic, president of the San Jacinto Museum of History Association, peering through a narrow rectangular window near the top of the San Jacinto Monument, which marks the battlefield."


Gerard said...

We'll make something big out of something small

Yeah, but the Mexican Army was completely and decisively clobbered.

Cap'n Bob said...

Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!