Governor Abbott Proclaims Texas Military Heroes Week
Freedom is the cornerstone upon which the Texas experience is founded. Stephen F. Austin’s Old 300 first settled a colony with a dream that would require the sacrifice of lifeblood in order to take a stand against tyranny in the fight for liberty. Texans have always answered the call to duty and made a name for themselves as the utmost defenders of liberty, whether that call comes from near or far away. Texas men and women have always played a prominent role in the global fight for freedom, and that leadership remains a beacon throughout the United States. Our military bases are renowned throughout the world, and each Texan honors this dedication to the ideals of our state and nation.
Texas celebrates a rich military history that is the legacy of generations of Texans. Each year, educators teach the names of famous men whose unyielding desire for freedom and liberty gave them the strength to sacrifice everything on behalf of Texas: the brave settlers in Gonzales who refused to return their cannon to the Mexican army; Travis, Bowie, Crockett, and the courageous defenders of the Alamo; Fannin and his massacred men at Goliad; Houston and the victors at San Jacinto. Their independent spirit and unwavering dedication - to each other and the land they loved so dearly - forged a Texan brand of freedom immortalized in the hearts and minds of all who call this state home.
Today, Texans still prove time and time again to be instrumental on the battlefield. Scores of Texas men and women continue to faithfully serve the Lone Star State and the United States with distinction and honor around the world. From their Texas roots to the front lines, their loyalty to our flag and commitment to liberty and justice stands as a shining beacon to this generation and the next.
During the first full week of February, we honor all who have sacrificed and served on behalf of the Lone Star State. No matter the battle, no matter the branch, no matter the job – they deserve our gratitude and reverence. At this time, I encourage all Texans to recognize and honor those who have secured our freedom throughout the generations and those who are defending it still.
Therefore, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim February 5 – 11, 2023, to be Texas Military Heroes Week in
In official recognition whereof, I hereby affix my signature this the 28th day of January, 2023.
Governor of Texas