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During the first national celebration of a day of remembrance that would later be called Memorial Day, former Union general and sitting congressman James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.
We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.
His words reflect the importance of service. They also highlight the necessity of a society to commemorate the sacrifice made by those in service for the freedom and liberties enjoyed by others.
As summer comes to Texas, many are undoubtedly wondering what would be a good summer outing. If last year's attendance figures hold drue, visitors from over 200 of the 254 counties of Texas will join guests from the other 49 states and well over a quarter of the nations of the world to tour the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site where the opportunity for both fun and reflection is at hand. Here, over a thousand brave men—many of whom were recent arrivals to Texas from other nations—fought valiantly against seemingly impossible odds for freedom from the tyranny of a government that was failing her people. Nine of these men would give their lives for the cause and many would go on to fight in other key conflicts that would shape the future of the region.
After visiting the monument and learning about the battle that would come to be seen as one of the most important conflicts fought in the Americas, you can tour the USS Texas (BB-35), the second ship of the United States Navy named in honor of our state. Soon after her commissioning in 1914, those who served on the Texas saw action in Mexican waters following the "Tampico Incident" and made numerous sorties into the North sea during World War I. When the U.S. formally entered World War II in 1941, her crew escorted war convoys across the Atlantic, and later shelled Axis-held beaches for the North African campaign and the Normandy Landings before being transferred to the Paciric Theater late in 1944 to provide naval gunfire support during the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
A visit to San Jacinto is supposed to be fun—you should admire the diversity of wildlife found along the marsh boardwalk, smile at the children scampering up the monument steps and kayaking in the lake during the Habitats and History Summer Day Camp, enjoy a picnic on the grounds or even take part in one of the many runs and walks that benefit great causes that use our trails and roads—but it is also a time to remember and thank those whose sacrifices are at the heart of the mission of this greenspace along the Houston Ship Channel.
Your membership contributions help the San Jacinto Museum of History continue to preserve and commemorate the legacy of those whose sacrifices are often forgotten during long summer weekends. Our museum receives no money from the federal, state, or local government; we rely completely on admission fees and the generosity of people like you to share the story of Texas history with the public. A new online membership feature on our website makes it easier than ever to join or renew your commitment to all that we do here at San Jacinto. Here at the museum, we honor those who are "made immortal [by] their patriotism and their virtue" and we thank you for your continued commitment and support of our mission.
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San Jacinto Day 2017: Call for Volunteers and Vendors
You can enjoy all the fun and excitement of the San Jacinto Day Festival in person by donating your services, your wares or your time. This year's celebration will be held on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, so save the date and watch this space to find out more.