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Battle of The Alamo’s 175th Anniversary Celebrations Get Underway

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The 175th anniversary of the Battle of The Alamo will be celebrated with a variety of programs on March 5, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in San Antonio, Texas, but if you can't make it on Saturday, there will be festivities all year long.

On March 5, the Daughters of The Republic of Texas, the Emily Morgan Hotel and the City of San Antonio will observe the anniversary with a number of programs free to the public.
 
alamoiiBeginning at 10 a.m. the Alamo grounds will be transformed by the Alamo History and Education Department back to life in 1836, with historic demonstrations of all kinds that show how rugged life was in this rapidly expanding territory.

Listen to historic music by KR Woods and his Fathers of Texas 25th Reunion Tour Band as they sing and perform the history of The Alamo with haunting lyrics and foot stomping music on The Alamo grounds in Calvary Courtyard.

The day's events on the Alamo complex will segue to the main event on stage right in front of the Alamo shrine facing Alamo Plaza. A salute to the heroes past and present begins at 6 p.m. with a presentation of colors and an Air Force jet flyover of The Alamo.

The City of San Antonio, in proud, respectful ceremony, will place the official "Roses of Remembrance" wreath of yellow roses.

The Band of The West performs patriotic songs and more while the program includes the reading of the last letters of the Alamo's immolated heroes Travis, Seguin, Bowie, Crockett and more.

Then taking the stage at 8 p.m. courtesy of Health Net, Inc. is Stockbridge recording artist Barry Michael performing a full concert featuring his tribute song "Heroes and Angels" and more for this The 175th Anniversary of the Battle of The Alamo - A Celebration of America's True Heroes and Angels Past, Present and Future.

Located in downtown San Antonio and just steps from the River Walk, the Alamo represents nearly 300 years of history. It has been named "One of America's Top 10 Historic sites" by the History Channel and welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors each year - making it is a "must see" for all who visit San Antonio.

Other programs to mark the anniversary include the following:

Dawn at the Alamo

Alamo Plaza; Sunday, March 6, 2011, 6 to 7 a.m.
This pre-dawn commemorative ceremony honors the fallen from both sides of the battle with the reading of eyewitness accounts, a candle-lighting ceremony and a reconciliation peace prayer.

This Hallowed Ground

Alamo Plaza; Saturday, April 9, 2011, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
A walking tour of the original perimeter walls of the Alamo. Living historians help visitors discover maps that illustrate the original fortress, authentic cannons, main gate locations and other archaeological findings.

First Saturdays at the Alamo

Alamo Grounds; First Saturday of Every Month, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
These living history demonstrations including period cooking, cornhusk doll-making and weapon displays. On select Saturdays, discussions are offered with authors who have written about the Texas Revolution as well as period music performances.

(Events continue throughout 2011. Full listing of events available at
visitsanantonio.com.)

History of the Alamo

Few stories have the lasting presence of the Alamo. Originally built as a Spanish colonial mission in 1724, the famous 1836 battle forever transformed it into a symbol of liberty. It was here that nearly 200 Texians, Tejanos and American volunteers stood bravely against General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna who commanded more than 2,000 Mexican soldiers.

For 13 days, the Alamo stood strong. On the morning of March 6, however, Santa Anna's soldiers assaulted the Alamo, capturing it after a 90-minute struggle; survivors were rounded up and executed. Just over a month later, inspired with the emotional battle cry, "Remember the Alamo," Texian and Tejano forces defeated the Mexican army at the Battle of San Jacinto, winning independence for Texas and a place in history.

Planning an Authentic San Antonio Vacation

A special section of
visitsanantonio.com is dedicated to sharing the story of the Alamo and making it easy for visitors to plan an authentic San Antonio vacation. Here, travelers will find:

  • The history of the Alamo
  • Alamo anniversary hotel packages
  • Alamo anniversary festivities
  • Customized itineraries
  • Information about the Alamo's Texas Revolution exhibit
  • Where to find San Antonio's other Spanish colonial structures
  • San Antonio's many attractions, restaurants and shops
  • Maps of San Antonio and Mission Trail

"The 175th Anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo not only commemorates a significant time for San Antonio, but more importantly for American history," said Dr. Bruce Winders, historian and curator for the Alamo.

"More than Texas history, more than the story of San Antonio, the Alamo is a symbol of standing against unlikely odds for the pursuit of freedom. When visitors walk through this memorable building just as James Bowie, David Crockett and William B. Travis did in 1836, ‘Remember the Alamo!' is ringing in their ears," noted Dr. Winders.


 
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