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Texas Independence Celebration seeks more volunteers for battle reenactments

March 5, 2019

SAN BENITO — It’s history coming off the page. From battle cannon roars and smoking fire from muskets to an almost life-sized replica of the Alamo, the lower Valley will witness the reenacted battles of Gonzales, the Alamo and San Jacinto this week in San Benito. The Texas Heritage and Independence Celebration Association, Inc. (THICA) will host four battle reenactments in celebration of Texas Independence Day and are seeking more reenactment volunteers.

The organization has costumes for both men and women to play the roles of soldados, Tejanos or Texans. According to organizers, attendees will be able to see trained fighting interactions and mock executions that “bring history to life.”

The organization will host one reenactment tomorrow for students of the San Benito School District.

Additionally, THICA will host three reenactments as part of the 12th annual Texas Independence Day Celebration and Symposium at the San Benito Fair Grounds on Saturday beginning at noon.

Between each reenactment on Saturday, attendees will be able to interact with the historians and walk through the camp.

Attendees will also be able to participate in the “signing” of the Texas Declaration of Independence along with the names of the 59 Texas Patriots.

Bruce Kidd became a THICA committee member four years ago after retiring from a 40-year nursing career.

He believes the reenactments are a fun and educational way to celebrate Texas’ birthday.

“In school books nowadays, students are maybe getting two sentences about Texas history,” Kidd said.

“Reading it in a book is not the same as seeing somebody actually dressed

in what somebody would have been dressed in at that time so these reenactments really educates the kids.”

For the past 12 years, THICA has made it their “mission to educate and celebrate Texas culture in ways that recreate the area’s rich and colorful history.”

“I know a lot of history, and I try to pass that down especially to the young people because they are our future,” Kidd said. “If passing oral history from generation to generation stops, then you have no history.”

ahernandez@valleystar.com