I recently watched a documentary about the Alamo on the History Channel. As the conclusion, the various commentators summarized the battle's historical significance. As they spoke, I bolted forward in my chair in amazement of the direct parallels between the decisions and sacrifices made by the 186 patriots in the Alamo to those of Don Holleder, Pinky Durham, and others at the battle of Ong Thanh. In both instances, though some of the specific details have been lost to the ravages of battle and the passage of time, the survival of truth remains. Americans paid the supreme sacrifice in the name of freedom for people who cherish liberty. When we doubt the tenacity, strength, and courage this country was founded on, we should read these words below, spoken by historians commenting on the heroism at the battle of the Alamo.
*All Americans can identify with the heroic sacrifices of the men in the Alamo. No matter of the details of how someone died. No matter whether a line was drawn in the sand. No matter how many Mexicans there were in Santa Ana's army. No matter whether there was any strategic value to that defense or not. These men still fought and died for liberty. They fought and died for their democratic ideals. That's something we always need to remember in this country.
*In a time when America talks about values, what does it take to give up your life for someone else? That is the story of the Alamo.
*Some things are so important you do them, even if the odds are against you.
* (This comment was made by a Texan decades after witnessing the aftermath of the battle) The Alamo is burned in my brain and indelibly seared there. Neither age nor infirmity could make me forget. The scene was of such horror that it could never have been forgotten by anyone who witnessed it.