( This post is a bit delayed – everything has been delayed as a matter of fact! I need a new secretary!)
Earlier this year, I took a trip to San Jacinto Battleground & Historic Site, just outside of Houston, Texas. As some of you may know, I spent the cold winter down south for a bit!
This monument stands 567.31 feet high, which is even taller than the Washington Monument in Washington, DC. It commemorates the Battle of San Jacinto which was a decisive battle of the Texas Revolution.
The weather was beautiful as you can see, just a little windy perhaps! No camera filter needed here.
Now as I walk up the stairs, I can see there is something carved at the bottom of the monument. It’s a story about how Texas was born. Texas used to be a part of Mexico, but as Mexican rulers became more hostile towards Texas colonists, a revolution started.
There were many battles that led up to this battle. The Texas side was led by General Sam Houston and Mexican army was led by General Santa Anna. In the end, the Texas side won, and this battle would eventually lead to the annexation of Texas by the United States.
And did you also know that — huh… DROOPY?
“Hi Ajdin!” Droopy said.
Here’s another shot of the monument looking up.
Just across the road from the monument is also the location of the USS Texas, a former United States Navy battleship. Let’s go take a look!
The USS Texas is famous for being the first US battleship to become a permanent museum ship. They were renovating the ship inside so we could not go on a tour – maybe next time. She is also famous for being one of only 7 remaining ships to have served in both World Wars.
While she enjoys a mostly quiet life now, the USS Texas was also known for being a ship with lots of new technology at the time. She was the first battleship to mount anti-aircraft guns, the first battleship to launch an aircraft, to control gunfire with high-tech computers, and the first to receive advanced radar systems.
What a career! Thank you for your service, USS Texas!