Eight Crocketteers and hundreds of Crocketteer sympathizers came down to the hallowed grounds of the Alamo yesterday to pay their respects for the men and women who, as the cenotaph in front of the Alamo puts it, “sacrificed their lives in the defense of Texas” The events started with a cannon shot to symbolize Colonel’s Travis response to Santa Anna’s charge to surrender. From there we stood in front of the plaque and the famous “line in the sand” where Travis asked the defenders to stay and fight. We watched as the re-enactment soldiers marched in front of the Alamo with the bagpipes a blaring, the flags a waving and their guns held high. We stood and posed for pictures with many of the soldiers with our Crocketteer banner so proudly displayed. “Davey Crockett” joined us on one picture as did a direct descendant of the real Crockett for another. We ended the day with the Crocketteers standing and taking a group photo in front of the Alamo Cenotaph. Towering 60 feet high, the Cenotaph marks the spot where the slain defenders of the fortified mission were piled after the battle. Seen on the sides of the Cenotaph are carvings of the Alamo defenders, including depictions of William B. Travis, Jim Bowie, David Crockett and James B. Bonham. The monument also bears the names of men who died at the Alamo.
In addition, the following inscription can be found on the revered memorial:
Erected in Memory of the Heroes who sacrificed their lives at the Alamo, March 6, 1836 in the defense of Texas, “They chose never to surrender nor retreat, these brave hearts with flag still proudly waving perished in the flames of immortality that their high sacrifice might lead to the founding on this Texas.”
Today was a good day to be a Crocketteer! Remember the Alamo.