Song, prayer and history merged Monday when local residents gathered to celebrate Texas Independence Day.
A program sponsored by the Hockley County Historical Commission featured Levelland Christian School Choir students singing ìTexas our Texasî and ìFifty Nifty.
John Hope, chairman of the commission, spoke to students and adults about the 59 settlers who met at the hamlet of Washingont, Texas on March 1, 1836 to draft and begin signing the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico.
ìThe weather was very similar to today – very cold,î Hope said. ìThey were meeting for a purpose. These 59 men signed a document creating the Republic of Texas. They called themselves Texians.
The declaration contained their grievances against the Mexican government and decreed a permanent political separation from Mexico.