Remember “The Alamo”

“Republic. I like the sound of the word. It means people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose. Some words give you a feeling. Republic is one of those words that makes me tight in the throat …some words can give you a feeling that makes your heart warm. Republic is one of those words.”

Any John Wayne fan knows that speech is from Davy Crockett in 1960′s “The Alamo.” Crockett shares his thoughts with Col. William Travis, the 26-yr-old commander of the Alamo defenders.  These were scripted words, not out of some history book, but in Wayne’s delivery you can feel his personal sense of pride for  the cause of the Texas defenders. To the east, General Sam Houston was whipping a rag-tag army into shape with the hope of defeating Santa Anna and ending his tyrannical rule of Texas.

177 years ago,, the Alamo fell to Santa’s army after a nearly two-week siege.  But the 185 Alamo defenders made up of Texans and brave men from around the country, including Crockett and his band of Tennesseans, thinned the Mexican army by some 1,000 soldiers before the bloody battle ended.  History has shrouded the truth and left us with a mix of both fact and legend about this historic battle. The one fact that is indisputable is that these men came to the Alamo to stand up for freedom, knowing they probably would never lead those crumbling stone walls alive.

Away from the screen The Duke shared more thoughts about the Alamo and it’s defenders.

“Just think of it. At the Alamo there was a band of only 185 men of many nationalities and religions, all joined in a common cause for freedom.  Those 185 men killed 1000 of Santa Anna’s men before they died.  But they knew they spent their lives for the precious time Sam Houston needed.”

Republic.  Freedom.  Sacrifice. All honorable words – words that should still make our hearts warm.

From deep in the heart of Texas – REMEMBER THE ALAMO!



  1. Jim Pippenger says:

    If only the people of this great country would remember those word “Republic, Freedom and Sacrifice in todays world. There is no better words ever spoken by those fatefull defenders. The select few. Gods warriers (sp)

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