Acton Celebrates March 2nd

“Remember the Alamo” The most famous three words ever cried out while weeping, while planning, while fighting for freedom. These three words have been said a thousands times and this week in Acton Texas they were not only remembered but honored as it has traditionally.

It’s a remembrance of all the battles fought, all the lives lost and families torn apart,  it’s also a celebration of our victories and independence gained with a diverse group of men and women from across our nation and even other countries.

During the weekend following the March 2nd date, volunteers from the Texas hero foundation, Sons and Daughters of the Republic of Texas, The genealogy society of Hood county, local businesses and local residents have continued the spirit of those famous words by illustrating the sacrifices of the men and women of our past. Bringing to life their stories through reenactments and displaying the artifacts of the era.

Pictured to the left is Errol and Heather Flannery and their two Daughters. Errol is carrying on a where his father left off by volunteering his time and talents. While playing the role of David “Davy” Crockett, Errol lead the opening ceremonies and participated in reenactments during the event.

Errol is also a member of The Sons of The Republic of Texas, an organization that seeks to keep the memories of those men and women who achieved the independence of Texas.  Just a few generations ago membership was good, but in recent years the numbers have fallen. If you, your children or grandchildren are possibly a descendant of someone that helped with our states independence and want to show your support they would appreciate if you reached out to them at http://www.srttexas.org

The smell of campfires burning and Coffee brewing was the first thing I noticed when arriving on Saturday morning.  Naturally I headed straight for the chuck wagon, and jokingly asked “whats for breakfast” and he immediately began making me a cup of coffee and plating up what appeared to be skillet fried french toast, “eat up” he said, “we got plenty”! It was that kind of hospitality I encountered my entire visit as I walked the grounds from one exhibit to the next.

I rarely put much thought into how my clothes are made.. But while visiting with John & Ingrid as they worked their magic in the art of spinning of weaving i was amazed at how much work was required to make an outfit back then. John said he had over 5 miles of thread on this machine I just couldn’t believe it. 

5 Miles? Yep he said 5 miles of thread..

Every exhibit was remarkable in detail, most items displayed were authentic and had been passed down from generation to generation. As the case with a walking cane made from a willow branch. This willow was altered by nature, a fungus had created some most peculiar diamond shapes along the grain of the branch. The item was handed down from father to son for many generations dating back to the days of the republic.

The medical exhibit had some very interesting items on the table

So the volunteer at the medical exhibit asked me “why did the captain tell his soldiers to stop drinking the formaldehyde” I don’t know, why? I replied… “He did not want them to get bombed” .. LOL

Several black powder firearms were on display and on the hour starting at eleven o’clock a small brigade of solders reenacted a battle scene by firing the weapons and a cannon. Definitely a crowd favorite! Watch the video below.

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  • May 7, 2018 at 7:53 pm
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    THanks for sharing this story. It means alot to my family 4 generation texans

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