Glory at the Alamo remembered during 175th anniversary

entering Alamo grounds

Entering grounds for Alamo mission

The 175th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo will be commemorated in 2011 with special events.  Plan your visit to San Antonio to include any of these activities—and stay for all the additional attractions in this Hill Country city, just 80 miles from Austin.

Glory at the Alamo

February 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Alamo Plaza
Living history actors simulate the events leading up to the famous 1836 Battle of the Alamo. Witness Santa Anna’s earlier-than-expected arrival at the Alamo and his demand for a Texian surrender. Afterwards, enjoy period music and dancing, and take part in interactive living history demonstrations. Experts demonstrate how flintlock arms and the Alamo cannon were used.  Visit the Sutler Store, and meet the living history actors. Free event hosted by the San Antonio Living History Association.

Dawn at the Alamo
March 6, 6 a.m. to 7a.m.
Alamo Plaza

A pre-dawn ceremony honors the fallen on both sides of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, which was fought in darkness. It has a very solemn tone, as thirteen candles are lit to remember the 13-day siege. The reconciliation peace prayer, recited in both English and Spanish, honors 189 Texian defenders and about 600 Mexican troops either killed or wounded in the battle. Eyewitness accounts of the battle are read as a flintlock musket volley echoes the sounds of gunfire against the walls. You’ll get a good sense of what the soldiers went through as the end came to the defenders. Free event hosted by the San Antonio Living History Association.Alamo

Remember the Alamo
March 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 6, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Alamo Plaza

People gather in Alamo Plaza to participate in re-enactments that replay the final two days (March 5 and 6, 1836) of the 13-day siege on the Alamo led by General Santa Anna. Educational activities and interactive demonstrations give you an idea of what it was like to live through the event, which is told from both sides. Bagpipers and a Celtaire string band provide period music. Children can learn to fashion handmade toys of that period. Adults can learn to start a fire without matches or other modern conveniences.

This Hallowed Ground
April 9, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (during Fiesta)
Alamo Plaza

A walking tour of the  Alamo is led by living history actors in period garb and character. It is held during Fiesta, which began as a commemorative ceremony to the heroes of the Alamo. Maps help you envision the Alamo fortress’s true boundaries, from the main gate to the key strategic points where the cannons were placed. Also displayed is the collection of Alamo archaeological elements that have been uncovered over the decades. The free event is organized by the Alamo Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas and the San Antonio Living History Association.

Photos by Beverly Burmeier Information provided by visitsanantonio

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