A small crowd converged at the Alamo Cenotaph Saturday amid chilly winds to celebrate all the brave heroes who fought for Texas Independence during the Battle of San Jacinto.
The free event was one of hundreds that are taking place across the city during Fiesta, an 11-day cultural celebration in San Antonio.
Members from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Alamo Heroes Chapter and the Children of the Republic of Texas were in attendance, and joined the crowd to commemorate an event that forever changed the history of Texas and the world.
On April 21, 1836, during the war for independence from Mexico, Texas militia led by Sam Houston engaged and defeated General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s Mexican army in a surprise attack near present-day Houston, Texas. Hundreds of Mexicans were taken as prisoners, including Santa Anna. The Mexican general signed a treaty recognizing Texas’ independence in exchange for his freedom. Even 181 years after the Battle of San Jacinto, Texans continue to celebrate the historic event.
In fact, even though San Antonians continue to exuberantly embrace Fiesta and attend many of the celebrations, many forget that the citywide festival was founded as a salute to the Texan victory at the Battle of San Jacinto.
“How fitting it is that on this sacred ground we honor the heroes that made us free, as well as honoring today’s military that keeps us free,” said Jeanie Travis, member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
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