Why the Alamo Still Matters

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While visiting San Antonio we couldn’t miss the chance to visit the Alamo. I’m embarrassed to admit this, but until this trip I think my kids biggest reference to the Alamo comes from Pee-wee’s Big Adventure movie. I’m not sure we even fully grasped the phrase, “Remember the Alamo” before arriving. I was eager to understand why the Alamo, and this one battle among many fought in the U.S., remains an important part of our history. I got my answer, and so much more.

#1 Something doesn’t have to be flashy to garnish attention

Upon arriving at the Alamo my first impressions weren’t what I’d expected. As the biggest tourist attraction in Texas, I guess I’d expected it to be well, BIG. Instead, the building is smaller and humbler than I’d anticipated.  There were no flashy, touristy signs trying to lure us into the venue like at so many tourist attractions. On the contrary, it possessed a quiet, unassuming entrance on a busy street full of other buildings.

#2 Reverence in a loud world is still possible

However, once we got in line to go in, the amount of reverence and respect for this historic site was immediately felt. For starters, no photos are allowed to be taken inside. Also, they ask for complete silence once you walk through the doors in order to preserve sanctity for those who died there. In this day and age when public standards of behavior can be pretty low, and obsession with handheld tech devices is incredibly high, it was refreshing to see how the public abided by the museum’s request for reverence.

alamo 1#3 Leave a legacy by believing in something bigger than yourself

In that silence I was able to read and ponder about the details of what happened there and could feel the spirit of the men who had laid down their lives for what they believed in, for a cause that was bigger than their individual lives. This is a lesson I want to instill in my children, but it’s hard lesson to teach verbally, it must be experienced.  We felt it here. These men left a legacy by believing and acting in a cause bigger than their individual lives.

This is a lesson I want to instill in my children, but it’s hard lesson to teach verbally, it must be experienced.  We felt it here.

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The tour inside the Alamo is short, but there’s more to see outside on the grounds. There’s an annex building that has great information about the war and the history of the Alamo. The gift shop also contains display cases with artifacts from the time period.  

I encourage you to visit this historical place at least once. I will definitely “Remember the Alamo” as a special day in my travels.

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Why the Alamo Still Matters

Shannon is a mother of 3 teens, who hit 40 and decided that instead of a "mid-life crisis", she wanted an adventure of a lifetime. She convinced her wonderfully open-minded husband to pack up their house, sell most of their possessions, and travel the USA in an RV for a year or two. Besides homeschooling her kids, running their online program, Watts in the World, Shannon loves to explore new places. Nothing is more exciting than waking up in a new city everyday, and discovering what's great abou ... More

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3 comments

  1. Merry says:

    I went to the Alamo many years ago-I think it was 2005. It really is not what you expect it to be. Just like you mentioned, it is not as big as one would expect. I asked about the flags and why there wasn’t an Indiana flag there-I’m from IN. But I didn’t know that IN didn’t participate, and thus there isn’t an IN flag. I also love the koi fish on the grounds. Definitely a great place to bring your children to learn about history. I highly recommend it. That and the Riverwalk. And, the Tower of the Americas.

  2. Phammom says:

    We plan on taking our kids everywhere, meaning in the us for the most part.

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