After going to the Battleship Texas, we drove a very short distance (less than 5 minutes) to the San Jacinto Monument. The monument is placed where the battle was won for Texas independence from the Mexican government. Les has an ancestor who fought in the battle - his great, great, great grandfather (give or take a great - I have the family tree info at home and not in the motorhome where I'm typing this post). So, for Les especially, his own family history made the visit to the monument all the more special. The battle was won when the Texans caught the Mexicans by surprise and shouted, “Remember the Alamo, Remember Goliad.” The battle was over in less than 20 minutes.
We paid a small fee to ride the elevator to the top of the monument and were able to see out across the area. The kids counted as we were riding up the elevator. It took us 37 seconds to get to the top.
After coming back down the elevator, there is a hallway off the main entrance of the monument where they have display cases with historical memorabilia of Texas. Very fascinating. The hallway led to the gift shop where my sister-in-law and myself bought a small book - “The Honor Roll of the Battle of San Jacinto” - which had their grandfather’s name in the list of people who participated in the Battle of San Jacinto.