‘Come and Take It” the flag dared. And they did. They came and took it. So yet another bit of our history is gone. Soon there will be nothing left of our past but empty pedestals and stored plaques.

A quick bit of background: On Oct. 2, 1835, as Texians were mumbling about independence from Mexico, 100 Mexican dragoons were sent to Gonzales to retrieve a small cannon loaned to the locals to help protect them from frequent Comanche raids. The Mexicans were met by about 140 Texians who flew a flag created from a wedding dress. It was white with a black lone star at the top above the picture of a cannon. Below that were the words: “Come and Take It.”

Lynn Ashby is a Houston-based columnist. Contact him at ashby2@comcast.net.

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