Texas Heroes Day
The Sky Loom Weavers studio will be closed tomorrow so Peggy and I can be at the Texas Heroes Day memorial tomorrow morning from 9 am till noon. The memorial takes place at Monument Hill State Park in LaGrange, TX every year on the Saturday closest to September 18th, which is the day, in 1842 when 36 soldiers from Texas were killed in battle in what came to be known as the Dawson Massacre. Many of these men came from Fayette County, Texas so it is fitting that the memorial takes place here in LaGrange. While this day particularly remembers the man who died protecting Texas in the 1840's, in the Dawson Massacre and those involved in the black bean death lottery of the Mier Expedition, it also pays tribute to all the men and women, past and present, who serve Texas.
Monument Hill is up on a bluff overlooking the Colorado River. It's a lovely and peaceful place with big beautiful trees and a wonderful view out across the valley and past LaGrange.
This is a moving ceremony, even for this non-native Texan, and one I'm glad to have witnessed. I expect they will read the names of those lost in both the Mier Expedition and the Dawson Massacre and cannon and musket salutes will be fired out of respect for those lost, as they have done in previous years. We will be there with our spinning wheels and there should be a loom there to demonstrate weaving. Expect other crafts to be represented also.
The old Kreische home and brewery also stand on this historic site so if they are open tomorrow you should have a look. Take the tour of the Kreische home if you can. It's fascinating.
The address is 414 Texas State Loop, LaGrange, TX 78945.