While others commemorate the 72nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor today, my press group reflect on the sacrifice and bravery of both the Texans who defended the Alamo in 1836 and the Mexicans who fought to take it back.
Both Pearl Harbor and the Alamo were unexpected and overwhelming but the siege on the Roman Catholic fortress by Mexican General Santa Anna lasted for 13 days with approximately 600 Mexicans and roughly 200 Texans killed.
I wish I could show you the cannons and small arms, artifacts and collections on display inside the Alamo but photography isn’t allowed. But, just across the street is a needless wax museum and a string of kitschy tourist shops. Upon learning about the many heroic struggles fought to maintain the compound, I was surprised that the perimeter of the area wasn’t treated as hallow ground or preserved as such.
Still, we learned about the importance of San Antonio, a city that once held the role of the capital of the state.