83R10140 BPG-D
  By: Martinez Fischer H.C.R. No. 124
         WHEREAS, Mexican Independence Day, "Diez y Seis de
  Septiembre," is an important event in the history of Texas, and a
  commemoration of the occasion on the grounds of the State Capitol is
  a fitting way to celebrate the date; and
         WHEREAS, On September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a
  Mexican priest in the town of Dolores, ignited the first uprising in
  what would become the Mexican War of Independence; after securing
  the forced release of prisoners from the local jail on the night of
  September 15, Father Hidalgo addressed his parishioners on the
  morning of the 16th, exhorting them to join him in a movement
  against the colonial government; the ensuing struggle soon became a
  fight for full independence from Spain, a goal that was ultimately
  achieved in 1821; and
         WHEREAS, "Diez y Seis" celebrations take place in a number of
  Texas cities, including San Antonio and Goliad, where they have
  been held for well over a century and a half, and reenactments of
  Father Hidalgo's clarion call, the "Grito de Dolores" or the "Grito
  de la Independencia," are important features of the festivities;
         WHEREAS, The struggle for freedom is a noble endeavor, and
  the Mexican American Legislative Caucus is calling for a
  performance of the "Grito" on the State Capitol grounds to serve as
  a reminder of the heroism of those individuals who threw off
  colonial bonds and who made great sacrifices in order to forge an
  independent nation, one that from 1821 to 1836 included the area
  that is today the Lone Star State; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 83rd Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby direct the State Preservation Board to allow a variance from
  its rules pertaining to performances at the State Capitol in order
  to allow reenactments of the "Cry of Independence" at midnight on
  the evenings of September 15, 2013, and September 15, 2014; and, be
  it further
         RESOLVED, That the secretary of state forward an official
  copy of this resolution to the executive director and members of the
  State Preservation Board.