The Alamo. Shrine of Texas Liberty. This unfinished church is known around the world as a symbol of courage, sacrifice, and freedom.
On the 178th anniversarry of this pivotal event in world history, The Texas Nationalist Movement would like to express our grattitude to those who sacrificed so much and to those who carry forward the memory of the defenders so that we may once again know freedom.
This account appeared in the San Antonio Light newspaper on Sunday March 6, 1907 as told in the March 6, 1886 edition of that paper.
The fall of the Alamo has but one peer in the brilliant son of its glory. Thermopylae and the Alamo are side by side on the imperishable tables of history; the names of Leonidas and Travis are synonymous for heroism. The modern altar of liberty almost casts its shadow upon the majority of the readers of The Light.........It is, therefore, the purpose, not so much to give history as to recall and keep green in memory all the patriots who died to give us one of the fairest lands the sun ever shone on, and the free and liberal government under which we enjoy it. Fifty years, a half century, have passed since that awful sacrifice was made. Few men are now alive who then took part in that almost hopeless struggle against the perfidious and bloody tyrant of Mexico, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, and they are old and decrepit. None of the defenders of the Alamo escaped. The most concise account is that of Francisco Antonio Ruiz, published in the Texas Almanac for 1860. Ruiz was the alcalde of this city. Following is the account given: