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									Texas Flag



  Today's Lone Star Flag was adopted on January 24,
  1839 as the national flag of the Republic of Texas. It
  was first proposed in legislation introduced in the
  Third Congress of the Republic by William Wharton.
  The designer of the flag is unknown. The Lone Star
  Flag represents the fourth of the Six National Flags of
  Texas. The flag was later adopted as the state flag
  when Texas became the 28th state in 1845. As with
  the flag of the United States, the blue stands for
  loyalty, the white represents purity, and the red is for
  bravery.
Texas “Six” Flags
http://www.shsu.edu/~smm_www/FunStuff/Flag
  s/F01F.html
The Bird of
Texas
 Ask any Texan, and you will no doubt
 learn that the mockingbird has the
 prettiest song of any bird native to
 North America. That's perhaps the
 chief reason the "mocker" was
 adopted as the state bird of Texas in
 1927. The song of the mockingbird
 is, in fact, a medley of the calls of
 many other birds. Each imitation is
 repeated two or three times, then
 another song is started, all in rapid
 succession. In the above sample
 audio file, the songs of four distinct
 species were recorded in the span of
 about seven seconds. It is common
 for an individual bird to have as
 many as 25-30 songs in its repertory
   The mockingbird is also known as a fierce
    protector of its nest and environment. It is
    sometimes seen swooping down on a dog, cat
    or predator that may be venturing too close to
    the bird's protected territory.

   The mimus polyglottos, as the mockingbird is
    known scientifically, is about ten
    inches in length, including its
    relatively long tail. It has a light gray
    coat and a whitish underside. Its
    wings and tail are darker gray with
    white patches.
The Seal of Texas
The obverse side
The reverse side of the seal
The Flower of   Named for its color and, it is said,
                the resemblance of its petal to a
Texas           woman's sunbonnet, the
                bluebonnet is the state flower of
                Texas. It blooms in the early
                spring and can be readily found in
                fields and along the roadsides
                throughout central and south
                Texas. Scientifically named
                Lupinus texensis, the bluebonnet
                is also called buffalo clover, wolf
                flower, and (by the Mexicans) el
                conejo. It was adopted as the
                official state flower by the Texas
                Legislature in 1901.
The Pecan Tree
   The pecan is a large tree native to
    North America. It bears sweet
    edible nuts, deep brown in color,
    that range from 1 to 2 inches in
    length. The mature pecan tree is
    usually 70 to 100 feet tall, as
    shown above, but can grow as tall
    as 150 feet and higher. The native
    pecan trees shown are estimated
    to be over 150 years old. Their
    trunks are more than three feet in
    diameter.

   Texas is the largest producer of
    native pecans, and is second only
    to Georgia in the production of
    hybrid (orchard grown) varieties.
    The pecan became the Texas state
    tree by act of the Texas Legislature
    in 1919. Governor James Hogg
    favored the tree so much that he
    requested that one be planted at
    his gravesite.
Large Mammal of Texas--
Longhorn
Small Mammal of Texas—
Armadillo
The Fruit of Texas-- Grapefruit
Reptile of Texas—Horned
Lizard
Texas Motto:

          “Friendship”


Texas Nickname:
           “Lone Star State”
Insect of Texas—Monarch
Butterfly
Sport of Texas---Rodeo
The Texas Pledge:

         “Honor the Texas Flag;
      I pledge allegiance to thee,
                  Texas,
          One state under God,
          One and indivisible.”
                    The Song of Texas:
                     Texas, Our Texas
                www.lsjunction.com/song.htm


   Texas, Our Texas! all hail the mighty State!
    Texas, Our Texas! so wonderful so great!
    Boldest and grandest, withstanding ev'ry test
    O Empire wide and glorious, you stand supremely blest.
    (chorus)
   Texas, O Texas! your freeborn single star,
    Sends out its radiance to nations near and far,
    Emblem of Freedom! it set our hearts aglow,
    With thoughts of San Jacinto and glorious Alamo.
    (chorus)
   Texas, dear Texas! from tyrant grip now free,
    Shines forth in splendor, your star of destiny!
    Mother of heroes, we come your children true,
    Proclaiming our allegiance, our faith, our love for you.
   Chorus
   God bless you Texas! And keep you brave and strong,
    That you may grow in power and worth, throughout the ages long.
    God bless you Texas! And keep you brave and strong,
    That you may grow in power and worth, throughout the ages long.

								
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