Many are confused by the signs requesting only soft whispers and for men to remove their hats. Why the reverence? Is this a church or a fort? Men fought here so why the grave whispers?
I once felt this way as well so I get the confusion. Although I'm not a history buff and I cringe at reading countless little plaques and signs in a museum of any sort, the Alamo's 175th anniversary has spurred a new found interest in our city's writers to delve deeply into the truth behind this mission and it's reputed importance in forming, not only the San Antonio and state of Texas we know today but also the great effect it had on the entire country. I learned much from a gentleman who gives walking tours in the Alamo area of downtown.
|Historical Map of the Alamo with an Overlay of current downtown SA|
But a careful walk around the Alamo with an historically trained eye and mind, reveals the very spots where can be found some original walls, the spot where, perhaps the lifeless body of Travis lay, or where the Santa Anna crossed from the northern hills into the town of San Antonio de Bexar. Now those sites are inhabited by a post office, a bridge, a storefront or perhaps a restaurant.
During this 175th anniversary of the Alamo Battle we will have several opportunities to view reenactments of events associated with this famous and significant event and maybe increase our awareness of the far reaching effects it has had on each of us. Below are some of the highlights of this years commemorative events:
February 25 The Siege of the Alamo Candlelight tour
February 25-27 Glory at the Alamo
March 6 Dawn at the Alamo: A predawn ceremony to remember the fallen on both sides from the Alamo Battle.
March 4-6 Remember the Alamo Weekend: Dramatization of the events in the final days of the 13 day Alamo siege in 1836.
March 25-27 Fannin Massacre
July 4th The Alamo 175th Anniversary Concert at Alamo Plaza. FREE. San Antonio will be "Remembering the Alamo" with a series of reenactments and events including a concert by Phil Collins and others.
I was inspired by some recent research but primarily by the San Antonio Walk's Alamo City Tours and this insightful article from the Texas Monthly both of which I highly suggest.