On Wednesday, some Midlanders were remembering the day Texas became, well, Texas. The Midland County Historical Society and the Hailey Memorial Library hosted the annual "Toast to Texas" to commemorate the Lone Star State's very own Independence day.
"[We were] able to get our own country born in freedom," said Darrell Rhea, a native Texan.
By country, Rhea means Texas. Darrell Rhea came out to shoot his musket, because hes proud to be a Native Texan.
"For us it means we had a 10 year republic," said Rhea. "An actual republic, in where the rights of the citizens were guaranteed."
59 people signed the document that made it official that Texas was freeing itself from rule by Mexico in 1836.
"Texas is a special place," said Pat McDaniel, Director of the Hailey Memorial Library. "[It's the] only state in the union that was a sovereign and independent republic that was admitted into the union."
Texas flags were swaying Wednesday. Cowboys took their hats off to praise their state -- remembering the day Texas became free, and they could finally call themselves Texans.
"If it wasn't for this, we wouldn't be here today," said Rhea.
Texas officially became part of the United States in 1845.
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