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21 April 2009

San Jacinto Day!

Battle of San Jacinto

April 21, 1836.

A small army of half-trained Texican militia, led by General Sam Houston, and out for revenge after the fall of the Alamo, falls upon the encamped Mexican Army of the dictator Juan Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. In minutes, the Mexican Army is routed by the surprise attack. Santa Anna himself is captured and forced to sign surrender documents which grant Texas its independence.

Aggie Muster

21 April is also Aggie Muster, a day in which every former student of Texas A&M University who has passed on during the previous year is remembered. Aggies will gather tonight all around the world to call the muster, and answer "here." Once an Aggie, always an Aggie. I thank God for letting me be a Texas Aggie.

The most famous of these ceremonies took place on the island of Corregidor in 1942 during World War II. 25 Aggies gathered there while the island was still under attack by the Japanese. Only 12 would survive the war.


Eli Arndt said...

I never know if these are real holidays or things you have created for your fiction.


J Womack, Esq. said...

Muster is absolutely real.

So is San Jacinto Day, though even most Texans forget about it these days. Really sad thing is, they remember Cinco de Mayo easily enough, and that's a minor Mexican holiday at best.

Eli Arndt said...

They aren't remembering Cinco de Mayo they are remembering Cinco de Beer. In my experience, that's about the only reason that holiday gets remembered.