For most Texans, the simple statement, ‘Remember the Alamo’ evokes strong feelings of pride. But for those non-Texans, the Alamo may just be a pretty, white, historical building in the center of downtown San Antonio that someone told them they should go see. Am I right? Well, hopefully after this article, the Alamo becomes a top destination that you want to see!
For those that don’t know the story of the Alamo, here’s the short version: The Alamo is a Spanish Mission built in what is now San Antonio, Texas. In March of 1836, a small group of Texans defended the Alamo against Mexico and were defeated. Because of this loss, Texans came together and won their independence against Mexico a month later under the leadership of Sam Houston. The phrase to “Reember the Alamo” came out of this battle.
The Alamo is Texas’ most famous shrine. It almost stands out amongst the modern buildings in downtown San Antonio. But it is a beloved site and one that takes you right back into history.
Walking into the Alamo, you feel an automatic hush as everyone pays respect to what the mission stands for. If you are lucky, you can hear the history from a docent, that will tell the story, the battle, the history. Even without, visiting the Alamo can be a rewarding and educational experience. You can take your time strolling the grounds of the Alamo, thinking back to the historic battle over 175 years ago.
The complex offers the mission, a museum filled with artifacts from the battle, and a gift shop where you can grab your very own Davy Crockett coonskin hat. The Alamo has been owned by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) since 1906, and they offer a free admission to the 4.2 acre complex.
Some days, re-enactments happen in the streets in front of the Alamo. And there is an IMAX movie “ALAMO” that you can watch at the local Rivercenter mall around the corner from the Alamo to get a better perspective of the story too.