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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Thursday, Part 3, The Alamo

Well today was the day!  I would finally see The Alamo, originally known as the Mission San Antonio de Valero.  One forgets that before the battle it was a mission.
"The compound, which originally consisted of a sanctuary and surrounding buildings, was built by the Spanish Empire in the 18th century for the education of area Native Americans after their conversion to Christianity. In 1793, the mission was secularized and then abandoned. Ten years later, it became a fortress housing a Spanish Army unit, the Second Flying Company of San Carlos de Parras, who likely gave the mission the name Alamo. This was early in the period of the Mexican War of Independence."  (Wikipedia)
Touring the Mission of San Jose,  and watching a movie about the Alamo, brought it to life.

The battle of The Alamo began on February 23rd and ended in defeat for the Texans on March 6th, 1836.  Santa Anna was a ruthless dictator of Mexico and wanted to take Texas back.  The battle was fought under the leadership of 26 year old lieutenant colonel,  William Travis, also David Bowie (of Bowie knife fame) and Davey Crockett who had left his native Tennessee.  David Bowie became ill during the battle but did not succumb to the illness without placing his knife and bullet in a few Mexican soldiers from his sick bed.  Davey Crockett had become sick of the Washington politics and left for the new land of Texas to battle with his rag tag army from Tennessee.  The Mexicans and Native Americans that had lived in the barracks of the Mission remained to fight as well.  All had one goal in mind, and that was to die for Texas liberty!  Colonel Travis had written for extra supplies and reinforcements.  Few came to his aide.  Almost all were killed, between 182 and 257 souls perished, leaving a few of the innocents, women and children to spread the word that Santa Ana was non-
 Sam Houston  and his army later came to defeat Santa Anna with the cry, "Remember the Alamo!" at the battle of San Jacinto
The Alamo as drawn in 1854.

It was a very crowded attraction.  Had we known better, we would have paid extra and taken the audio tour.  Live and learn!  We did listen to a guide re-tell the story in the plaza and that was very informative as well.



NanaDiana said...

I cannot believe all you saw and did on that trip, Deb. Wow! I saw The Alamo back in the 70's. It was such a horrible hot day that I couldn't wait to finish the tour. I would enjoy it more today-at this age-I am sure. xoDiana

Joyce Lansky said...

When my son was in the fifth grade, we took a family vacation to San Antonio. I was so excited to take him to the Alamo because I knew he would be studying it right after vacation. We did the official tour, watched the movie, and the whole shebang. I was beyond appalled when his test on the Alamo came back. The teacher asked him which side won the Alamo? The word "side" threw him. He answered, "The West." X

Linda said...

So much interesting history, I'd love to visit someday. Skylar is studying the Alamo right now.

Carolee said...

I am enjoying your tour with you. Thank you for posting. The Alamo and Davy Crockett were always fascinating for me. I thought the mission should have been bigger in size than it was when I got to see it in person. Check out Mr. Bowie, he has the same "handle" as your husband.