When the Alamo calls, Gonzales always answers!


Volunteers are again needed to march into the Alamo. If you have marched before in the re-enactment of the arrival of the Immortal 32 and especially if you are a descendant of one of those brave souls Tuesday, March 1, it is happening again! But, you don't have to be a descendant or have marched before. Any Texan can volunteer. Text your name and phone number to 512-217-6565 for details.

There will be a week chock full of activities to commemorate Texas Independence and the Alamo from Sunday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 6.

First, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, in front of the Gonzales Memorial Museum, the Sons of the Republic of Texas (SRT) will hold a ceremony commemorating the day the Immortal 32 left Gonzales to go to the Alamo. There will be a speaker and the reading of a poem about the Immortal 32 that won a contest as part of the Fiesta San Jacinto (forerunner of the Fiesta San Antonio) in 1925.
Then, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, The Alamo in San Antonio will host an event in which men will reenact the arrival of the Immortal 32. There will be speakers recounting the details and interpreting the sacrifice the men made when they rode into the Alamo.

Men who wish to participate in the reenactment can call Angela Wolfgram at 210-225-1391 ext 4100. Period costumes will be provided. Volunteers will be asked to give shirt and pant size, contact information and connection to the Immortal 32. They will be asked to arrive at Alamo Hall by 9 a.m. to get costumes and practice their entrance.

Following that, at noon Tuesday, March 1, in the Menger Hotel Minuet Room, an organizational meeting will be held for the descendants and families of the Immortal 32 Association. The buffet meal costs $30, and reservations must be made by Feb. 21. A reservation form can be found on the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) Facebook page.

On Wednesday, March 2, at 11:30 a.m. at Heroes Square, Gonzales, will be the Toast to Texas. This is a celebration of Texas Independence Day which will include a performance by the Crystal Theatre Young Texians and a reading of part of the Texas Declaration of Independence. At noon, the fire station will blow the siren, and citizens all over town will be asked to “toast” Texas. Those at Heroes Square will be provided water with which to toast.

There will be special 45-minute theater tours given Saturday, March 5, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Alamo to give visitors a glimpse into the events and conversations that took place at the Alamo the night before Santa Anna’s assault. Tickets are available through thealamo.org.

On Sunday, March 6, from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. is “Dawn at the Alamo” — a free, commemorative ceremony that includes readings, vignettes, music, wreath-laying, and a musket volley.

Finally, at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at the Gonzales Memorial Museum, is a memorial service that will include a performance by the Young Texians and placing a rose in honor of each of the 41 men from Gonzales who died in the Alamo, followed by Taps.