Friday, April 21, is the 187th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto. On April 21. 1836, General Sam Houston, the commander of the ragtag “Texian” army defeated the much larger Mexican forces under the command of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. The two armies had marched east that rainy spring slogging through mud as Sam Houston managed to stay just ahead of Santa Anna, with Houston gathering additional men along the way to join his forces. The armies met at San Jacinto, east of the present city of Houston and in a surprise attack lasting minutes, the Texians won the day. Thus, the Republic of Texas was born as Texas won its independence from Mexico. Texas remained a free and independent country until it joined the United States in 1846. So, on Friday we celebrate the San Jacinto victory, Texas A&M Aggie Muster where we remember all Aggies who have passed in the last year, and also the birthday of our oldest son. Happy Birthday to Bo, and Texas, and I’ll answer “here” for those Aggies who can’t.