Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Alamo

Welcome back to Wednesday Wit and Wisdom. You will find all about this meme and the instructions hereThe purpose of this link up is to help us share some stories we might have milling about in our minds as we look at particular photos.  Many of us have mentioned that we could "write a story" about a photo of a barn, an old store, or an abandoned residence we have found or shown to others. I thought it would be fun to find a photo and write a short story.  You can add a bit of "wit" or "wisdom" if you like. Give it a try and join in!

In your imagination, try taking all the colorful tourists out of the way, along with the paved walkways and green grass, signs, etc. The Alamo, San Antonio Texas. It's one of the most visited shrines in the U.S., with people coming from all over the world to see this place of great human sacrifice for freedom (2.5 million a year).

For a short version of the conflict: William Travis and James Bowie commanded the troops at the Alamo. The rebellion here was against the Mexican rule of Bexar County (San Antonio). There were less than 200 men fighting against perhaps thousands of the Mexican Army. Travis knew they were very short on fighters and appealed for help, but it did not come. The Mexican army led by Santa Anna had skirmishes with the Texian fighters for several days before finally marching on the Alamo on March 6, 1836, leaving only a few women, children, and slaves alive. The Alamo was originally a mission, now seen as a significant battle site for the Republic of Texas, defined later that year in a battle at San Jacinto, led by Sam Houston. 

This spirit of determination and hunger for independence is still alive in the U.S., and the Alamo serves as a reminder to us and others who visit. One room of the Alamo is where the women and others huddled against the advances. Davy Crockett was one of the fighters.

There is an aura in the building, many artifacts including letters and weapons used in the day. The site is currently being studied for reconstruction in San Antonio. 

What's on your mind today about a picture you have seen or a place you have visited? Write your story on your blog, then come back and join in, linking so others can read what you have written. Have a special week!
Linda Kay

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