Last week was Texas Independence Day (March 2), and I forgot to post these then. We visited these two important landmarks a few weeks ago, just for something to do. Of course, they were closed due to COVID as well as remodeling, but I'm glad we got to drive around the park.
|The San Jacinto Monument|
The San Jacinto monument commemorates the Battle of San Jacinto during the Texas Revolution. It stands 567 feet and is topped by a 220-ton star. This was the battle led by General Sam Houston in April, 1836, in which Mexico's Santa Ana was captured. The battle is credited with being the beginning of United States' acquisition of about 1/3 of our nation's current land. Almost one million square miles of land eventually became US territory as a direct result of this battle.
|This is the front of the USS Texas,|
or as we like to call it, the Battleship Texas.
The Battleship Texas was commissioned on March 12, 1914. She played a role in the Texas Revolution then went on to serve in the North Sea during WWI. For WWII, she escorted war convoys across the Atlantic where she earned five battle stars. The Texas was also the first US Battleship to become a museum.