Fight for Texas independence airs on History Channel

SAN ANTONIO – On Memorial Day, eyes across the state of Texas and the nation will be watching the fight for Texas independence as it comes to the small screen in a 10-hour mini-series on the History Channel.

Although San Antonio will be getting a lot of attention because of the Alamo, the story is not another battle at the mission.  It actually starts the day after the fall.

"It is different because of it being based on the battles after the Alamo, it's a unique perspective," said Becky Bridges Dinnin, director of the Alamo. 

Bill Paxton, who is actually a descendant of Sam Houston, plays Houston in the series.

The series will tell the story of the Revolution through the beginning of the Texas Rangers

"They are giving the story of who we are and where we come from," said Richard Perez, resident and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

It will also bring attention to modern day San Antonio.

"Really give us a brand new opportunity to maybe see more visitors that have never heard the story, or that have never visited the Alamo," Dinnin said.

The History Channel website is also helping pump up interest and tourism. They are running a contest about Texas with the winner receiving a free trip to San Antonio.

"At the end of the day, people are all about wanting to learn about culture and history and what better place than San Antonio," Perez said.

The first episode takes place on Memorial Day, but before there will be a premier at the Alamo on Monday with several of the stars expected to attend.