Conflict at the Alamo

Texas plans on rebuilding and improving The Alamo. It is our most iconic shrine present at the time of the 1836 battles that won our freedom from Mexico. Texans are worried about the new twist of the proposed plan passed and approved four years ago. Its original purpose would give the visitors a better appreciation of the environment as it existed at the time of the conflict. As you know, The Alamo is out of the loving hands of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) and is now operated by the Texas General Land Office. Commissioner George P. Bush’s office is in charge. He brought in a number of planners from other states to design the project. Those originators of the undertaking were astonished at the new plan. It does not focus on the battle that transpired in 1836.

According to the Save the Alamo group, the plan that Bush’s Master Planner George Skarmeas announced is an absolutely different plan for the iconic site! Skarmeas says, “We cannot single out one moment in time.” His plans include turning The Alamo into a multi-cultural mix of world history.

He even intends to change the name to the San Antonio de Valero Mission. The disturbing plans reported by the Save the Alamo group says, “Instead of rebuilding the mission’s outer-perimeter defensive walls using the original limestone as has been done at the other four San Antonio missions, the Alamo’s walls would be constructed of modern-day see-through Plexiglas.” Other parts of the disturbing plans include “a tree-lined body of flowing water coursing through the middle of the site’s Main Plaza complete with tables, chairs, and canopies under which tourists may sip their drinks in comfort. In short, the effect will be more reminiscent of a modern-day theme park than that of a hallowed and sacred battleground.”

To date, the plan has met with much opposition. If this plan is passed, the original objective of the legislature is entirely different than was proposed.

Rick Range of the Save the Alamo group expects an ugly outcry by loyal Texans if this plan continues as described above. Please read his article in its entirety at Loyal Texans, as well as historians, are outraged by this idea to turn this sacred place into an amusement park.

Brenda Kellow

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