WHEREAS, Proud citizens of Mission are gathering in Austin
  on February 22, 2017, to celebrate Mission Day at the State
  Capitol; and
         WHEREAS, The City of Mission was founded in 1908, the year
  the Missouri Pacific Railroad established a station in the area,
  and the city was named for La Lomita Mission, which was located
  nearby; since then, Mission has grown to be a thriving city with a
  population of more than 83,000 people; and
         WHEREAS, The first citrus trees in the Rio Grande Valley
  were planted in the Mission area; today, the citrus industry is a
  multimillion-dollar business and is celebrated each year at the
  Texas Citrus Fiesta; and
         WHEREAS, Mission was immortalized in Larry McMurtry's
  novel and television miniseries, Lonesome Dove, and notable
  residents have included the late United States senator and
  treasury secretary Lloyd Bentsen and former United States
  congressman Kika de la Garza; moreover, Mission was the childhood
  home of Tom Landry and a second home to the late governor Allan
  Shivers and to three-time presidential candidate William
  Jennings Bryan; and
         WHEREAS, Recreational opportunities are abundant in Mission,
  with such attractions as the National Butterfly Center, the World
  Birding Center, Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park, and the
  10-mile Mission Hike and Bike Trail; and
         WHEREAS, Mission Day at the Capitol provides an opportunity
  to honor the border city's heritage and its many charms, which are
  enjoyed by residents and vacationers alike; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 85th
  Legislature, hereby recognize February 22, 2017, as Mission Day
  at the State Capitol and extend best wishes to the members of the
  visiting delegation for an enjoyable and memorable stay in Austin.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on February 22, 2017.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate