AUSTIN - State Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) has filed House Bill 724, which establishes March 6 as Alamo Day in Texas. The holiday will officially recognize the Battle of the Alamo, a critical moment in our state's history.
Alamo Day will celebrate the heroic actions of the volunteer Texan soldiers who occupied the Alamo during Texas' war for independence from Mexico. Regardless of their lack of manpower and sufficient troops, these brave Texans remained steadfastly dedicated to protecting the Franciscan fort in San Antonio. After a bloody thirteen day struggle, Mexican forces overtook the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Even though General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and his troops then occupied the Alamo from March to May of that year, Sam Houston and 800 other heroic Texans attacked the fort once again to reclaim control on April 21, 1836 while shouting "Remember the Alamo!"
Rather than establishing Alamo Day as April 21, Rep. Villalba contends that the loyalty demonstrated at the Fall of the Alamo demonstrates the character of the men and women responsible for the Great State we know and love today.
Representative Villalba said, "We remember March 6 because of our Texan Forefathers' sacrifices for our Great State. The perseverance they showed during hardship defines their character - not only their actions in times of victory, but also in moments of crisis. Alamo Day will celebrate the importance of Texan fortitude in pursuit of a goal, during the highs and the lows."