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Travis Draws the Line

Travis Draws A Line
In the courtyard at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas stands a statue of 26-year-old Colonel William Barret Travis, the Alamo’s commander during the famous battle. He stands near a grand oak looking down at the ground; sword drawn. Legend holds that in early March 1836 Colonel Travis, who was facing overwhelming odds and with dwindling hopes of further reinforcements, drew a line on the ground with his sword and asked any man willing to stay and fight to step over. And as the legend goes all except one did. As the defenders saw it, the Alamo was the key to the defense of Texas, and they were ready to give their lives rather than surrender their position to General Santa Anna. Among the Alamo’s garrison were Jim Bowie, renowned knife fighter, and David Crockett, famed frontiersman and former congressman from Tennessee. In all about 200 freedom fighters gave up their lives in defense of the Alamo and in the process inspired the faltering revolution.
 
On April 21, 1836, the ragged troops of Sam Houston charged the Mexican camp at San Jacinto near present-day Houston yelling “Remember the Alamo”. After weeks of retreating, they stood, charged, and routed the well trained Mexican regulars who were caught off guard and unprepared. In the process, they captured General Santa Ana (the President and Dictator of Mexico) and won their independence. All this was accomplished with the battle cry “Remember the Alamo”. The Defenders of the Alamo have since become an inspiration for freedom-minded men everywhere who often fight against overwhelming odds. They remind us that freedom is a choice, a choice that often requires sacrifice sometimes of all we have. It is also a prize that if won can be passed on to others but must it be nurtured and safeguarded. That is the legend, the legacy bestowed on us by the defenders of the Alamo. So, “Remember the Alamo”! Remember San Jacinto! Copyright by WyoJones. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

We lived in Texas for a cumulative twenty years and visited the Alamo a couple of times. While I usually need a happy ending in my stories, this one has inspired me from my first visit. When you go inside, you know you are on hallowed ground. Not every place where brave men spilled their blood for liberty is preserved, but I believe that ground is still hallowed. When you stand and be silent, you can feel them all around you.

Thank you to all our Veterans who gave their lives and their sacred honor in the cause of liberty. Thank you to those who came home to build in the wreckage, who deal with the wounds of war.

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Perilously yours,

Pauline

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