WASHINGTON, March 6 -
Mr. Speaker, in a beat up old Spanish mission 177 years ago today, the sun rose in the mist for the last time on a small band of soldiers.
The fiery group of 187 Texas volunteers stood defiant against Dictator Santa Anna and his invading Mexican Army of several thousand on this, the 13-day siege of the Alamo.
They came from many States and many foreign countries. There were 11 Texans ñ Texans of Spanish or Mexican descent. Their names were Jim Bowie, Jim Bonham, David Crockett, and William Barret Travis. They were all killed on March 6, 1836, fighting for liberty over tyranny.
Colonel Travis was correct when he said that ìvictory would be more costly for Santa Anna than defeat.î Mexican losses were so huge that General Sam Houston had time to rally a Texas army and defeat the dictator, Santa Anna, on the plains of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836.
Texas became a free and independent nation, a republic.
The guns and bugles are silent at the Alamo, but all freedom-loving people should thank the Good Lord that in history there are those who are willing to face overwhelming odds and die for freedom than to live under oppression and tyranny.
And thatís just the way it is.