‘Toast to Texas’ celebrated at Heritage Village
By Mollie LaSalle
WOODVILLE – Heritage Village held its annual “Toast to Texas Independence” celebration last Thursday, March 2.
The weather cooperated and it was a beautiful afternoon for the celebration, which featured music from the children of St. Paul’s Episcopal School.
The Lord’s Prayer was beautifully performed by Princess Aionna Morena of the Alabama-Coushatta tribe in Livingston, followed by the posting of the flags, with Pct. 1 Commissioner Joe Blacksher and his son Preston doing the honors.
County Judge Milton Powers led the pledges to the American and Texan flags, followed by Woodville mayor Amy Bythewood presenting a proclamation to the Tyler County Heritage Society in honor of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico, on March 2, 1836.
The principal speaker this year was Second Chief Mikko Istaaya, of the Alabama- Coushatta tribe of Livingston. She spoke of the history the tribe has with both Polk and Tyler counties, and highlighted important dates in the tribe’s history.
The children of St. Paul’s entertained the crowd with several Texas songs, under Sharon Brown’s direction.
The main event was last on the program, the toast to Texas with glasses of spring water, which was passed around the crowd by Heritage Society volunteers. Sheriff Bryan Weatherford had the honors of doing the toast this year, and with the toast completed, another Toast to Texas Independence was in the books.
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