Freemasonry and the Battle of the Alamo by W. Bro. Robert Blackburn, P.M.

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On Saturday, March 5, I paid a visit to the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. Coincidentally it was the 175th anniversary of the historic battle there and the day included a reenactment of the event. If I had arrived about 30 minutes earlier, however, I would have ALSO witnessed the Grand Lodge of Texas’ annual placement of wreath at the site. 200 or more Masons, including the Grand Master of Texas, were present. Featured prominently on the outer walls of the Alamo is also a Masonic plaque commemorating the famous Masons who took part in the battle including James Bonham, Jim Bowie (of the Bowie knife fame), Davey Crocket, Almaron Dickenson, and William Travis. Later I walked to the San Fernado Cathedral where, in the vestibule (because , of course, they not all being Roman Catholic they can’t actually be buried INSIDE the cathedral), the ashes of the Alamo dead are interred and also by the Scottish Rite Cathedral (completed in 1924 and home not only to the Orient of San Antonio but also several lodges and appendant Masonic bodies) which, sadly, may close in the next couple years. Here are the pictures:

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