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After Citizen Outcry, State Votes to Keep Alamo Cenotaph Monument on Battlefield

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Good news!



Late Tuesday, the Texas Historical Commission voted 12-2 to keep the Alamo Cenotaph, a 60-foot-tall marble slab honoring the Alamo defenders, on the battlefield where the men fought and died in 1836.

The monument, also called The Spirit of Sacrifice, was built in 1936. It features inscriptions of the Texian and Tejano soldiers known to have fought in the pivotal struggle of the Texas Revolution and carvings of soldiers, including William Barret Travis, the commander of the small band of men who resisted the vast Mexican army’s assault of the Alamo fort.

San Antonio city officials wanted to move the Cenotaph outside the original walls to a nearby plaza as part of a controversial “reimagine” the Alamo plan, but the THC ultimately rejected their request after a nearly 10-hour meeting.

The virtual gathering on Tuesday also included six hours of public comment and an online poll, where over 29,000 citizens said they opposed moving the monument, and only 1,624 supported the idea.

“The Cenotaph should be located where the blood flowed,” said THC Chairman John Nau, adding, “Monuments to the fallen are placed where they fell.”


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Amen..thanks, Joel..

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