Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
September 14, 2011
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

Senator Glenn Hegar Encourages Texans to Celebrate Freedom Week and Remember the Sacrifices of Those Who Have Fought for Our Nation's Freedom

AUSTIN—This Monday marked the beginning of Celebrate Freedom Week in Texas; a week designated by the Texas Legislature to educate students and the public about the founding of our great nation. State Senator Glenn Hegar encourages all Texans to take a moment this week to remember the sacrifices of the brave men and women who founded this country, as well as, the sacrifices of our armed forces and first responders.

"Americans joined together this Sunday to somberly commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, and the terrorist attacks on our brave nation," Senator Hegar stated. "Perhaps now, more than ever, it is also appropriate to pause for a moment during Celebrate Freedom Week to honor the sacrifices and selfless dedication of our first responders, who so valiantly cared for the victims of this great tragedy, and the members of our armed forces, who continue to wage an unrelenting war on terror in order to preserve our freedoms."

"Since our nation's founding, the United States of America has stood as a bastion of freedom and a beacon of hope for the world," Senator Hegar said. "Today, our great nation still stands proud, reminding the world that we have never and will never, succumb to fear or cowardly acts of terrorism. Rather, we Americans will tirelessly fight for our liberty, never relenting until tyranny is defeated and peace is restored," he continued.

Celebrate Freedom Week, which also includes Constitution Day on September 17th (celebrated this week on September 16th), provides students in Texas with the opportunity to learn about the sacrifices of those who founded the United States of America and the values upon which our country is built. "During this time of tumult in our nation and our world, it is imperative that we as a society pass along the history and values of the United States to our children, who will direct our nation's future path. And, although every citizen plays an important role in passing along our heritage, it is Texas school teachers and educators who oftentimes make the greatest contribution. I commend them for their efforts as they share the magnificent story of our country with their students," Senator Hegar stated. "I stand proudly with all Texans as we celebrate this week and our continued dedication to America's timeless values of liberty and justice for all."

Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now represents Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. He is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800's. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.