As San Antonio gears up to celebrate its 300th birthday, every effort must be made to restore a sense of the sacred to that crown jewel of Texas liberty, the Alamo.

While it is indeed part of a chain of missions established by the Spanish Empire, the Alamo has become something more — an enduring shrine to man’s quest for freedom. Nearly 190 Texian defenders died there in 1836 during a pitched battle against overwhelming forces, but their sacrifice made independence possible for Texas.

Today, the arena where so many brave souls lost their lives is paved over, traveled by cars and buses and filled with the cries of vendors and protesters.

It’s no small wonder visitors and locals alike who walk across Alamo Plaza feel no sense of wonder or awe. Downtown buildings crowd the space, and there’s little indication to show it is actually a battlefield.

The time has come to promote an atmosphere of reverence for what is hallowed ground. State and local proponents have launched commendable actions to bring back some of the glory due this site, and they should be supported.

If we’re going to remember the Alamo, as the saying goes, let’s do it right.

One comment on “Really remembering the Alamo

  • I am so for this project. Through the years we have allowed too many instances of total disrespect towards those who fought and died there. The carnival type atmosphere across the street with Ripley’s and the other tourist traps has no business being on the battlefield and needs to go. The Alamo has been labeled the biggest tourist trap in the state, because of what we allowed to happen there. The history is now diluted because of this. The excavation of the original walls will be an amazing feature and will really help educate people as to how big the entire mission really was.

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