Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Battle of the Alamo - DISHONOR

San Antonio TX plans to DISHONOR the fallen heroes of the Alamo with hip renovations to that historic site! Any renovations are still in the planning stage. 

One plan calls for dismantling the historic Cenotaph monument, also know as the Spirit of Sacrifice, currently located in front of the Alamo and relocating it. The Cenotaph was built to commemorate the Alamo defenders. San Antonio mayor Maury Maverick held a dedication ceremony on November 11, 1940. 

A marker on the Cenotaph reads: “Erected in memory of the heroes who sacrificed their lives at the Alamo, March 6, 1836, in the defense of Texas. They chose never to surrender nor retreat; these brave hearts, with flag still proudly waving, perished in the flames of immortality that their high sacrifice might lead to the founding of this Texas.” 

Another plan levels the plaza in front Alamo and encloses it in a glass display area ala Disney or some other schlock tourist attraction. This plan will also uproot old trees located near the Alamo

Some planners want to turn the Alamo into a historic theme park. Visitors will be treated to a more antique Alamo including a metal on concrete roof that was NOT on the original church. Not such an accurate restoration...right!

Across the street tourist can enjoy a cheesy wax museum and other tourist trap venues. Some businesses near the site have nothing to do with the Alamo. It looks like some San Antonio planners want to make a buck off tourists! 

I have no problem with the city closing streets in front and near the Alamo and making it more pedestrian friendly, but some of the plans turn a historic site into a carnival!