Washington D.C. (KETK) — U.S. Senator Ted Cruz released the following message to Texans in recognition of Texas Independence Day.
The state of Texas is celebrating 178 years of independence today, March 2, 2014.
"Courage and a love of liberty have long been defining characteristics of the Texas spirit. Both were exemplified 178 years ago when 59 delegates convened in Independence Hall at Washington-on-the-Brazos to declare Texas independence," said Cruz.
"Inflamed by General Santa Anna's refusal to abide by the Mexican Constitution of 1824 and inspired by the United States' first Declaration of Independence, the men produced their own Declaration and resolved 'that the people of Texas do now constitute a free, Sovereign, and independent republic.'
"The same love of 'life, liberty, and property of the people' that spurred the Texans at the Alamo and throughout the Revolution still lives in each Texan today. They fought for it. They died for it. We owe it to their sacrifice to carry the torch of freedom for future generations. And we will," said Senator Cruz.
"Keep that resolve strong and when anyone threatens our liberties, proudly say, as only a Texan can, 'come and take it!'