Annual Toast to Texas slated for this afternoon at Sebastopol House
Posted on 3/2/2015 7:57:00 AM.
(Seguin) -- It's Texas Independence Day! The city of Seguin will again be celebrating this historic date in Texas history while on the steps of the Sebastopol State Historic House. Helping to host the event is the Abishai Mercer Dickson Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

DRT President Karen Willis says with the Texas Declaration of Independence signed by 59 people, settlers officially broke from Mexico creating the Republic of Texas.
"March 2nd is Texas Independence Day which is the celebration of the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. It's significant to Texas, because we have it at Sebastopol Historic Site which -- that in itself -- is such a historic site, so it's a great place to hold the event and the parks and city help us out tremendously," said Willis.
Willis says she encourages all individuals and families to come out and raise a bottle of spring water in honor of the heroes and ancestors who fought to make Texas an independent nation, and later joining the union as a state. She says in addition, they sponsor the Texas flags that are flown on this date around the town square.
"We are just toasting Texas as the celebration of its independence from Mexico. It's just honoring all of the men that fought and died for our independence from Mexico. When people arrive we give everyone a program, a Texas flag and a bottle of Texas Spring water and that bottle of water is what we use to toast," said Willis.
The celebration will include many dignitaries including the Honorable State Representative John Kuempel who will be serving as the Master of Ceremonies.  The Guadalupe County Sherriff's Mounted Posse will also ride forward to deliver the proclamation. Representative Kuempel and Seguin Mayor Don Keil will read the names of each of the 59 delegates who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.  Robin Dwyer, a direct descendent of one of the signers of the Declaration, will also be on hand to read William B. Travis' letter from the Alamo.
The Toast to Texas celebration begins today at 1:30 p.m at the Sebastopol House with a fly over. The official toast to be made in Seguin and around the world will take place at exactly 2 p.m. Area churches have also scheduled to ring their bells in celebration of the state holiday.
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