SAN ANTONIO — With fiddle music thinned by a late-winter rush of wind, a procession led by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas on Sunday commemorated a similarly cold day in 1836, when the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed.
“The weather was very cold; the building was cold and barely adequate. But the delegates persevered to complete the document which declared freedom for Texas,” said Martha Fleitas, president of the Alamo Couriers chapter of the DRT.
The declaration was signed by 59 delegates at Washington-on-the-Brazos, now a 293-acre historic site 30 miles south of College Station. At the time, the Alamo already was under what would be a 13-day siege by the Mexican Army.
“The 192 men of the Alamo who made the ultimate sacrifice died without knowing that independence had been declared,” Fleitas said. “Standing in front of the Alamo on this momentous occasion reminds us of the great cost of freedom, both then and today.”
Texas Independence Day is now a state holiday celebrated each March 2.
During the short ceremony, members of the Girl Scout troop from Locke Hill Elementary School placed a wreath to the right side of the Alamo doors. The Rev. Carol Morehead of St. Mark's Episcopal Church said a prayer in front of the Long Barracks.
“The Alamo is a symbol of freedom all over the world,” said Sharon Skrobarcek, president of the DRT's Alamo Mission chapter. “On Texas' 178th birthday, we ask you to join us in remembering the men and women who through their bravery, commitment and sacrifice achieved and maintained the independence of Texas.”