On March 6th, one of the most significant events in the history of not only our state, but our country, will be commemorated: the Battle of the Alamo. Why is this battle so important? I think because it shows just how much we Americans value our freedoms and what we will sacrifice to preserve them.
At the Alamo, 189 documented defenders took on thousands of Mexican troops, a turning point in the Texas Revolution. The valiant “Texians” held on for 12 days, finally being annihilated on the 13th day, March 6. The event motivated the Texians, and in April, with a battle cry of “Remember the Alamo!”, Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna at San Jacinto, securing Texas a victory in her war for independence.
Today, the Alamo is one America’s most popular attractions, receiving over 7,000 visitors a day. Most of the original Alamo compound is gone, but luckily, the first floor of the long barrack is still there. This is where the defenders retreated once the walls had been breached; I can only imagine how brutal the fighting must have been! Today, the building houses the Long Barrack Museum, a place I always love visiting. Seeing the uniforms, weapons and artifacts really brings the battle home for me.
I also enjoy spending time at the beautiful Alamo Gardens, and shopping at the Alamo Gift Shop, where you’ll find a wide variety of memorabilia, books, apparel, etc. Since visiting the Alamo is free, they rely on proceeds to help with the upkeep, so why not pick up a souvenir or two?
Here are some special events commemorating the 180th anniversary of the Alamo:
Friday, March 4
An Evening with Heroes: The Alamo Under Siege
Through 7 candlelit scenarios, you will experience a recreation of the events that took place the night before the attack. Tours start at 6:30 and depart every 10 minutes until 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 5
First Saturday at the Alamo
Learn what life was like for settlers living on the Texas frontier during the 1830s. This fun and informative event goes from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
3rd Annual Crockett Fiddler’s Festival
Also on Saturday, from 10:00 – 4:00, great country artist will be performing free concerts on the Alamo grounds.
Sunday, March 6
Dawn at the Alamo
At 5:00 a.m., around the same time the last battle began, Alamo enthusiasts and re-enactors will commemorate the events of that fateful day.
Dusk at the Alamo
The celebrations end at 6:00 p.m. with a moving tribute to the fallen defenders of the Alamo.
Why not join me in San Antonio this weekend for these special anniversary events, the perfect way to remember the Alamo!
Read more about visiting the Alamo at TourTexas.com.