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.

Commanding General of US Army South Major General K. K. Chinn speaks to the crowd during the San Jacinto Victory Celebration in Alamo Plaza.
Commanding General of U.S. Army South Major General K. K. Chinn speaks to the crowd during the San Jacinto Victory Celebration in Alamo Plaza. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

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.

The crowd raises Texas flags during the San Jacinto Victory Celebration in Alamo Plaza.
The crowd raises Texas flags during the San Jacinto Victory Celebration in Alamo Plaza. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

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.

For more information on Fiesta and a full schedule of events, click here.

The Military-Civilian Club claps on stage during the San Jacinto Victory Celebration in Alamo Plaza.
The Military-Civilian Club claps on stage during the San Jacinto Victory Celebration in Alamo Plaza. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Rocío Guenther

Rocío Guenther worked as a bilingual reporter and editorial assistant for the Rivard Report from June 2016 to October 2017. She is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico and holds a bachelor's in English...