‘Dawn at the Alamo’ ceremony commemorates 188th anniversary of pivotal 1836 battle

Ceremony took place on Wednesday morning at Alamo Plaza

On Wednesday, March 6, 2024, a large crowd gathered at the Alamo for the "Dawn at the Alamo" ceremony. (Katrina Webber, Copyright 2024 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – On Wednesday, a large crowd gathered at the Alamo to pay tribute to the valor and sacrifices of those who died while defending the former Spanish mission downtown.

The “Dawn at the Alamo” event at Alamo Plaza marked the 188th anniversary of the pivotal 1836 battle.

The ceremony was presented in partnership with the San Antonio Living History Association and described events leading up to the morning hour of the battle and included readings, vignettes, music, a wreath-laying and a musket volley.

In the past, several hundreds of Texans and history buffs have taken to watch the performance, which has been described as one of the definitive experiences at the Alamo.

“Join us in this momentous occasion to honor the heroes of the Alamo. Let’s come together to celebrate freedom, bravery, and the enduring spirit of Texas,” Dr. Kate Rogers, executive director of the Alamo Trust said.

On Wednesday, March 6, 2024, a large crowd gathered at the Alamo for the "Dawn at the Alamo" ceremony. (Copyright 2024 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

It was during the early morning hours of March 6, 1836, that the Mexican army advanced on the Alamo and, after repelling two attacks, the Texians were unable to fend off a third, being driven into the interior buildings. The fighting lasted a total of roughly 90 minutes and by daybreak all those who were defending the Alamo had perished, including a former congressman from Tennessee, David Crockett.

It was because of the battle that the famous “Remember the Alamo” saying has since been etched in history.

It was not even two months later on April 21, 1836, that the Texan Army under Sam Houston attacked Santa Anna’s army on the banks of the San Jacinto River with cries of “Remember the Alamo!” among cries of “Remember Goliad! God and Texas!” in another battle that lasted only 18 minutes and was a deciding victory for Texans, according to the Alamo website.


About the Authors

Ben Spicer is a digital journalist who works the early morning shift for KSAT.

Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

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