Saturday, 3 March 2012 – 8:30 am, San Antonio
Assemble at “Gallagher House”, 723 East Houston St. at 8:30 A.M. – Coffee & Donuts by Rainbow Assembly
Alamo Observance, Front of Alamo Plaza, 9:00 A.M.

Texas Masons will march in procession and regalia to the Front of the Alamo for this yearly celebration and ceremonies. On July 4, 1976, the Grand Lodge of Texas placed a bronze marker at the Alamo, honoring the Masons who died there:

“Honoring These Masons
… James Bonham James Bowie
David Crockett Almaron Dickenson
William Barrett Travis
And Those Unidentified Masons
Who Gave Their Lives in the
Battle of the Alamo, March 6, 1836”

WHY WE “REMEMBER THE ALAMO”

by Bro. Dwight Stevens,
Chairman, Masonic Education and Service Committee
(printed in The Texas Mason, Spring 1998)

March 6, 1836 – After fighting for 13 days, 3,000 Mexicans defeated 182 Texans at the Alamo. A few days earlier, this message was sent:

February 24, 1836,

“Commandancy of the Alamo-

To the people of Texas & all Americans in the world —
Fellow citizens & compatriots —

I am besieged by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna–
I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours and have not lost a man —

The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken. I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls —

I shall never surrender or retreat. Then I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch —

The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country —

VICTORY OR DEATH

William Barrett Travis
Lt. Col. comdt.

P.S. The Lord is on our side —
When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn-
We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels and got into the walls 20 or 30 head Beeves —

Travis

After the Alamo observance consider staying for this one…

Masonic Youth BrunchGrand Master’s Calendar
Please join M.W. James F. Brumit, Grand Master of Texas Masons, for Brunch at the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium. Brunch is the centerpiece of the day following the Grand Master’s traditional observance of Texas Liberty at the Alamo and precedes his annual conference and communication. Fitting our observance of Texas History and Texas Masonry, we’ve invited Former Texas Ranger Joe Davis to be the guest speaker at Brunch. Ranger Davis will briefly chronicle the history of the Texas Rangers, influences of Masonry, and the future development of the Texas Ranger Heritage Center . Ranger Davis’ presentation is certain to be well received by all Texas Masons and anyone interested in the history of the development of Our Great State.

Cost is $8.00 each or $75.00 for a table for 10. Donations to our Masonic Youth programs are welcomed. Ladies and youth are invited to attend the Alamo observance and the Brunch. Business attire or Sunday Dress is appropriate. Please call (210) 496-1625 at least seven days in advance to RSVP. * Proceeds benefit Masonic Youth Programs and do not benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children

Saturday, 3 March 2012 – 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
San Antonio Shrine Auditorium
901 N Loop 1604 W
San Antonio, TX 78258
United States

Fraternally,
Corey