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Gov. Perry's Remarks at Plaque Dedication Ceremony in London

*Note - Gov. Perry frequently departs from prepared remarks.
Friday, October 18, 2013  •  London, United Kingdom  •  Speech

Thank you, Mr. [Andrew] Millar, [Her Majesty's Consul General] for those kind words.

Early in the 1960s, the American author John Steinbeck was asked to describe Texas.

He said, "Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation, in every sense of the word."

This is a special day for me and for the People of Texas. A day when we remember the time when Texas was, historically, its own nation.

For a small group of people still recovering from the ravages of a war with Mexico, establishing diplomatic relations with a nation as rich in history and prestige as the United Kingdom was a significant accomplishment.

It helped put us on the map, to use the phrase quite literally.

More than two centuries later, Texas is a successful and happy member of the United States. But on days like today, it's worth remembering our humble beginnings, and how the UK was there to help us establish ourselves as a nation, in every sense of the word.

It is now my privilege and my honor to present this plaque to the United Kingdom; a symbol of our enduring friendship and partnership.


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