On this day 181 years ago at Washington-on-the-Brazos, delegates to the Convention of 1836 declared independence for Texas. Merely declaring it was one thing – winning it was another, and no certain thing at that. Yet, win it they did for the benefit of their generation and all that followed. It is up to us to safeguard the liberty they secured at so great a cost and ensure that it lives on for another 181 years and beyond. Happy Texas Independence Day to our fellow Texans!