A crowd of hundreds braved the cold to gather in front of the Alamo before dawn to mark the anniversary of the fall of the Alamo.
The San Antonio Living History Association hosted the ceremony to honor those on both sides of the March 6, 1836, battle.
It included eyewitness accounts, the lighting of 13 candles to mark the 13 days of the siege, a musket volley and reading a reconciliation peace prayer in both English and Spanish.
"To be able to have that opportunity to experience that living history as part of our tradition as Texans is a wonderful opportunity," Kathleen Griffith, who drove her 8-year-old daughter to the ceremony from Dallas.
Her daughter, Lila, was able to participate in the ceremony. She presented a wreath in front of the Alamo with a Daughter of the Republic of Texas.
"Since we homeschool and we've been studying about the Alamo, she decided that it would be OK if Lila went up there and helped put the flowers to pay tribute to the defenders of the Alamo," Griffith said.