Skip to comments.Alamo ready for big year, but big celebration on hold
Posted on 01/07/2011 3:51:08 AM PST by stevie_d_64
SAN ANTONIO While T-shirts commemorating the 175th anniversary of the legendary battle are now on sale at the Alamo, the star-studded, fireworks-laden concert planned in March has been pre-empted by a state investigation.
Alamo marketing director Tony Caridi thought last year that he had corporate sponsors ready to put up $400,000 to stage a free, nationally televised concert for 60,000 people, but none of those backers have since made a firm commitment.
As a result, an opportunity to raise $2.5 million in television rights and DVD and merchandise sales to benefit preservation and expansion of the state-owned Alamo site has been compromised, Caridi said.
"The real loser in all of this is the Alamo," he said. "I had sponsors who were initially thrilled to be a part of this. Some of them came back and said, 'This doesn't really fit into our marketing plan for 2011.' "
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Amazing that if you go back and look at the big picture, that if this battle had not occured, how potentially different our country would be today...
Not to mention how different the westward expansion of the North American continent would have been...
Politically correct = ‘Forget the Alamo’.
Doesn’t fit in with their “marketing plan” for 2011? What “plan” would that be? I smell PC, and fear and loathing for all things American. This might end without so much as a whimper, like the Lewis and Clark anniversary celebrations that were scheduled a few years back.
I went to San Antonio looking forward to seeing the Alamo. What a disappointment to see it smack in the middle of the city with all kinds of current restaurants and shops surrounding it. I mean my vision of the Alamo was not that for sure. It was interesting to see but I was expecting something far different. lol.
I never heard of a 175th anniversary. Why not go all out and wait for the 200th which could be the celebration of all celebrations. Heck it is only 25 years from now and most of us on Free Republic will only be in our late 50’s early to late 60’s max. They could make it a national celebration if they do it right.
Did you go to Goliad? The real deal is there, as it was, real
There are also 6 other Missions in San Antonio that are not lost in the urban clutter
The Alamo wasn’t exactly a Victory, its like celebrating Pearl Harbor. Why not celebrate the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo? What we are really celebrating is Manifest Destiny is it not? Texas was part of the USA because it broke away from Mexico and declared itself independent then it joined the US. Polk wanted to buy the area west of Texas from Mexico to CA but they weren’t interested in any deals. It was a war the US pushed to have, it wasn’t really about the Alamo. Even Lincoln and Grant felt it was a war that should not have occurred.
Sounds similar to my Stonehenge experience.
When approaching the site - the ‘megaliths’ are much smaller than the familiar ‘up-close’ photos.
I'd say celebrate it now. Make people remember and keep it in their hearts. Do it now before people forget and Texas gets ceeded to Mexico by some idiot liberal president who I won't name here...
Wonder if Mexicans will try to pull a “Viva Max” and occupy the sacred space of the Alamo during the anniversary.
Ditto me that - and my visit was around fifty years ago when I was a kid....it was like they'd carved it out and plunked it into a seedy and congested plot of downtown.
Actually, it would make more sense to have a big celebration for the Battle of San Jacinto - where the Texas army defeated the Mexican army in less than 20 minutes.
The Alamo is where history happened. The city grew up around it.
What would you have them do- tear it all down and rebuild it out to the boonies?
The Alamo was a far-flung Spanish mission when the battle for Texas freedom occurred there in 1836; all the defenders were killed but became martyrs for the cause of Texas independence.
The Alamo is now an oasis in the center of a modern city; since 1905 the Daughters of the Republic of Texas have lovingly cared for the preservation of the Alamo and its grounds, and their care shows.
The grounds are exquisitely landscaped, preserving native Texas plants, and there are fountains and other water elements. The main shrine is quiet and cool, with plaques honoring the defenders and flags representing all the states from which they came. There’s a room with relics from Bowie and Crockett, and a “no photographs” policy keeps the shrine sacred. Other interesting buildings at the site include the Long Barracks, which houses a museum with historical artifacts and also shows a film, and the extensive gift shop, where visitors can buy Alamo souvenirs. There’s a remarkable monument to the defenders in front of the Alamo, and the historic Menger Hotel also borders on Alamo Plaza.
If the viewer isn’t Texan or isn’t educated in Texas history it probably doesn’t speak to them as much as to a Texan or a Texas history buff.
I worked with a guy like that once. We fired him. He loved to hear himself talk. Last i heard he went into radio sales.
I thought it very nice.
Too late for that...
At Dallas Parkland Hospital, about 70 percent of the women who gave birth at Parkland are illegal aliens. This comes out to about 11,200 anchor babies born every year just in one single hospital in Dallas.
Maybe they need to clean out the basement.
Next time look in Bracketville. And don’t waste your money going to Jerusalem, Turkey, Greece or anywhere else interesting. People have a pesky habit of building new buildings in the same place where they built old buildings.
Exactly. San Jacinto was the turning point of the war. Nothing but victories from that point on.
They refer to it as a shrine. People talk in whispers there without much, if any, prodding from the attendants. And a male would not not want to forget to remove his hat upon entering. There was a time that they would be stopped and asked to remove it or leave - maybe they still do.
The times that I have been in it, I have had a feeling of awe, like you were in a sacred place.
It was like you could feel the presence of the heroes of the Alamo.
Nobody even thought of speaking above a whisper.