There is no rallying cry holier to Texans then “Remember the Alamo!,” besides maybe, “Get off the damn field Romo, you’re not worthy of our giant screen!” The capture of the Alamo Mission by Mexican troops was the result of a nearly two week stand off between Mexican dictator General Santa Ana and his 1800 troops and 186 brave Texan defenders. In the end all Tejano defenders lay dead but so did 600 Mexican soldiers. Upon hearing the news, Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin rallied the Texan forces under the battle cry of “Remember the Alamo!” and eventually captured Santa Ana at San Jacinto. Texas officially gained it’s independence, and after the Mexican-American war, accepted statehood into the American Union.
For Texans, the Alamo remains as sacred a site as the Western Wall is to Jews, Mecca to Muslims and the Horse Head Nebula to Scientologists. Within it’s walls fell Jim Bowie (aka Ziggy Stardust), the coon pelt fashion pioneer Davy Crockett, and William Travis, the commander of the Alamo who famously drew a line in the sand for any of those who didn’t have the jalapenos to die for the republic.
The Alamo stands as the symbol of the Texan spirit, a sort of western Thermopylae, with Santa Anna acting as a miniature Mexican Xerxes. Today the martyrs’ names stand as the Texas’s counties and towns, while the Alamo mission itself is closely guarded from another Mexican attack and drug addled rock star Ozzy Osbourne.
So today take time to Remember the Alamo, remind God to bless Texas, and proclaim “How ’bout dem Cowboys!”