Visitors commemorate fall of Alamo 181 years later

Texans pay homage to pioneers, heroes of Alamo

SAN ANTONIO – Monday marked 181 years since the fall of the Alamo. A crowd gathered at Alamo Plaza at dawn to take part in a commemorative ceremony.

The event was all about remembering and celebrating the people who created the great state of Texas.

"I’ve been coming down here since I came with my father and grandfather when there were dirt roads here," Bobby Henson said.

Henderson, 79, isn't the only one who has made it a tradition to pay homage to the pioneers and heroes of the Alamo.

This is the eighth year for year for father/daughter duo Seneca McAdams and Jim Overby.

"Dad and I started doing this together several years ago when they brought the Travis letter back to the Alamo.  It was the first time it had been back in over 170 years," McAdams said.

"One of the sets of flowers put out had the picture of a young man in it," Overby said.

Overby didn't realize he was talking about Col. William Barret Travis. Travis, whose letter led to their special bond, had his decedents at Monday’s ceremony to carry out his legacy.

Along with wreath layings, the crowd at The Dawn of the Alamo heard eyewitness accounts describing the pre-dawn attack. Thirteen candles were lit in remembrance of the 13-day siege and battle.

"I just like to come back and pay my homage to these heroes that made it possible for me to be here at 79 years old," Henson said.

"It has just become one of those events that is me and my dad. Proud Texans," McAdams said proudly.

The San Antonio Living History Association put on Monday morning’s presentation. It’s been happening for 31 years. Another commemorative ceremony will be taking place Monday at 6 p.m. inside the Alamo. 

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