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Shamarie Claiborne Travelogue: A visit to San Antonio, Texas
"All I kept thinking was that brave Kentuckians had helped secure the ground I was walking on." - SHAMARIE CLAIBORNE
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By Shamarie Claiborne
Some of you may be aware that I have been out of town this past week. I attended a Migrant Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Without question it is one of the most beautiful and unique cities I have ever had the pleasure of exploring. My conference classes each day ended around four so my early evenings were spent walking around the city. San Antonio runs on central time but is much farther west than we are, so I had roughly four hours of light to snap shots in the evenings.
The history San Antonio has preserved is heaven for a history teacher like myself. One of my favorite outings was the hour or so I spent wandering around the Alamo one evening. Everyone kept saying it was a small place so I wasn't expecting much but the compound they have created around the two remaining original buildings on the site is very impressive to be in the middle of a downtown metropolitan area.
Of course, as I said there are only two of the original structures on the site but after what took place there with the cannons and fighting that went on for thirteen days starting on February 23, 1836--- I am amazed anything was left standing. We watched a short film over the Alamo events and I was proud to find out a confirmed 14 Kentuckians laid their lives down in the pursuit of Texas's freedom during the battle. Daniel Cloud, a relativity unknown Kentucky hero who perished at the Alamo, wrote this in a letter home while en route. It filled my heart with patriotic pride for the courage and determination these gentleman held so dear and so valiantly gave their lives for.
"If we succeed, the Country is ours. It is immense in extent, and fertile in its soil and will amply reward all our toil. If we fail, death in the cause of liberty and humanity is not cause for shuddering. Our rifles are by our side, and choice guns they are, we know what awaits us, and are prepared to meet it. " December 26th, 1835 - Daniel William Cloud - (1814 - 1836) - Lawyer from Logan County, Kentucky - Defender of the Alamo
All I kept thinking was that brave Kentuckians had helped secure the ground I was walking on. Following are a few shots I took, I hope you all enjoy them. - SHAMARIE CLAIBORNE
This story was posted on 2014-04-12 14:03:07
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