The night ended with the Rita Awards presentation. There were too many people and we were too far back to get good picturs of the presentations of the golden statue. For the past 4 days, I'd dressed in mostly business attire. Today, I was back in jeans and tennis shoes, and I may never get out of them again.
|Jeannie right after the Rita's. We were |
waiting for Jack and Richard.
Originally, the mission served as a home to missionaries and their Indian converts for nearly seventy years. In the 1800's, the Spanish military stationed a cavalry unit at the former mission. The land had cottonwood trees surrounding. The soldiers referred to the old mission as the Alamo, derived from the Spanish word for "cottonwood".
|Here is a picture of a nice prickly pair and the cactus behind them|
is nice, too. LOL
|I would love to see this plant in bloom. It is covered with buds.|
The coloring is so beautiful.
The siege of the Alamo lasted thirteen days beginning February 23, 1936, ending at daybreak on the morning of March 6, 1836 when columns of Mexican soilders headed over the walls and into the compound. By sunrise the battle had ended, and Santa Anna entered the Alamo compound to survey the scene of his victory.
Just a couple of things about the Sacred grounds and the Shrine of Texas Liberty:
Men are asked to remove their hats before entering.
No pictures or videos are allowed to be taken.
It is my understanding that no building is allowed to be built near the Alamo that would cast a shadow on the Mission.
There is a marker right in front of the building. Although it is now made of metal, it represents the spot where William Travis, as the commander of the Alamo, drew a line on the ground and asked that any man willing to stay and fight to step over--all did except for one.