Pilgrimage to the Alamo
The annual Pilgrimage to the Alamo doesn’t draw as much media attention or Fiesta revelers and spectators as other Fiesta events. The Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas’ annual pilgrimage to the Alamo is the only silent and somber event of the week long Fiesta, San Antonio celebration. The procession of Daughters and Sons of the Republic of Texas and other heritage, civic, school and military groups, step off from the Municipal Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. and slowly proceed to the Alamo, bearing memorial tributes to the Alamo heroes.
Once a year, the chains are removed from the grassy area directly in front of the Alamo Chapel to allow laying of the wreaths as the procession reaches the Alamo. Names of the Alamo Defenders are read and a brief memorial service is held ending in Taps. It is a proper and fitting start to Fiesta honoring those 189 men who died defending the Alamo, which is why San Antonio, Texas celebrates Fiesta.
Defenders of the Alamo, click here – http://www.thealamo.org/battle/defenders.php