The Alamo and the history behind it easily belong among the most iconic historical pieces of Texas and San Antonio history. The Battle of the Alamo in 1836 proved a decisive battle in the Texas Revolution. Though the Battle itself ended in a Mexican victory, word of Mexican general Santa Anna’s cruelness reached Texan settlers and encouraged them to take arms against the army. Following the 13-day battle, the Mexican Army was defeated at San Jacinto a month later on April 21, 1836.
The Oblate Grotto is a massive and Catholic place of worship that can be found in San Antonio, Texas. Regulars and passerbys can both on the dense spiritual presence felt at this place of worship. Unlike orthodox churches, the Oblate Grotto is a church that holds all of its events and services outside rather than behind closed doors. Attendees notice that this change can bring a huge wave of comfort and spiritual attachment to the site which only furthers the religious experience that the Grotto was meant to give.
The Grotto encompasses an area of five acres and in this space, there are two reconstructions of paramount religious events. The first is a recreation of Tepeyac Hill in Mexico and where Our Lady appeared before Saint Juan Diego as Our Lady of Guadalupe. During this meeting, Our Lady asked that a shrine be built in her name and there, Juan Diego received the beautiful image of Guadalupe to convince the bishop to construct the site.
The other religious location is the resemblance to Lourdes in France where San Bernadette had her Marian Spirits apparitions. Having this spiritual connection to a woman who saw in person the religious spirits only adds to the experience and allows for a deeper understanding of the faith.
The Oblate Grotto is a famous worship site where thousands visit yearly to receive an experience that cannot be felt on a daily basis. Many people have had their lives and point of view changed as a direct result of the events held here and there will be many, many more in the years to come.
“ To the men who died at the Alamo: All Texans a claim both and song and in the story the days of our youth – the days of your glory may they also remember, wherever they go, the man left behind at some far Alamo”
The state of Texas has a long history of military affairs. When it comes to military affairs the 141st infantry Regiment has the title of the oldest militia unit in Texas for the United Stares Army. The 141st infantry Regiment has a long history of military involvement by being able to trace its lineage back to the Texas revolution of 1836. In addition to the Texas revolution the 141st infantry Regiment can trace its involvement back to the Spanish American war of 1898, the Cuban occupation of 1898, the Mexican border service beginning in 1916, World War I in 1918, and World War II from 1941-1945. The 141st infantry division’s military history continues on now as part of the 72nd Birgade Combat Division.
This is historical marker, dedicated to the 141st infantry division, does not do the history of this military division justice. This military division has such an extensive history that we can’t fully see the whole picture of the significance of this division from what is shown on this historical marker. Much like you may have been, I was also very surprised of the extensive military lineage of the oldest militia unit in Texas. What stands out most to me is the infantry units motto, “Remember the Alamo.” What surprised me most about this motto is that it is still said to this day. The history behind this motto is something that is deeply rooted into all Texans.
The original informational marker for the World Trade Center was a symbol of America’s prosperous economy and wealth from big business. However, on September 11, 2001, the meaning of this sign was changed forever. In minutes, this sign changed from meaningless verbiage to one of the most cherished artifacts from the September 11th attack. It was uncovered from all of the rubble, still in tact. This sign shows America that life is precious, and we should stop to notice our surroundings – even those that seem irrelevant at the time.