Despite the rain and drizzle on Sunday, a crowd of around 250 attended the Washington-on-the Brazos State Park’s celebration of Texas Independence Day.
Senator Lois Kolkhorst gave the opening remarks, noting how her husband Jim Kolkhorst’s family resided in
the Old Washington area, and expressed her appreciation to the Washington-on-the Brazos State Park Association and what the 59 signers of the Declaration of Independence signers did to establish Texas.
Kolkhorst then introduced Lt Governor Dan Patrick, who during his speech to the crowd, promised to restore funding to state parks, and also spoke of his love of history, how he had a collection of signatures of every signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, and then spoke of the Founders and signers of the Declaration of Independence, comparing their sacrifice, and how we benefit from it.
The ceremony ended with an invitation for the crowd to join the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association.
The crowd also heard a speech from Sam Houston, who read the names of all 59 signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, followed by a singing of “Texas our Texas” by Darcy Moreland and the cutting of the Texas-sized cake.