During this time of nationwide civil unrest, hundreds of historical monuments, statues, and buildings have been defaced and destroyed. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that one of Texas’ most famous historical sites, The Alamo, would also be receiving such threats.
However, one proud Texan with connections has a message for anyone even thinking about “protesting” at the site:
Don’t mess with the Alamo!”
The oldest son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and a proud Trump supporter, George P. Bush, like several throughout the state, had heard rumors that so-called protesters might be making their way towards the Alamo grounds with not so peaceful intentions. And so he made a few calls and wrote a warning for anyone who might threaten the “sacred” landmark.
He wrote, “The Alamo is the Shrine of Texas Liberty. And it will be defended. My office is closely watching the social media posts and rumors from protestors who are threatening to come to The Alamo. Rest assured we have already deployed, for several weeks and will continue to do so, the Alamo Rangers in partnership with SAPD, The Department of Public Safety, and The National Guard to protect this sacred site. My message to the protestors is simple: Don’t mess with The Alamo.”
Along with posting this message, the Texas Land Commissioner included an image of the police officers, national guardsmen, and other security personnel that would stop at nothing to defend this monument of Texas freedom and independence.
The Cenotaph, which sits adjacent to the former Spanish mission, was already defaced on May 29, a mere four days after the death of Minneapolis, Minnesota resident George Floyd.
This 1930s sculpture was erected to honor the lives and memories of the 189 men known to have fought and died in the pursuit of Texan independence during the famous 1836 battle.
Since this defacing, the Cenotaph has been cleaned and restored to its former glory. And as Bush implied, guards now stand at the ready to defend the statue and the nearby mission/army fortress, as well as the hallowed ground it stands on.
But in addition to armed guards, barricades, and fencing have gone up around the structures, as local KTSA reports.
“The four-foot-tall chain-link fence will be mounted on top of water-filled plastic barriers. It will be placed on the sidewalk on the western edge of the plaza from the intersection of Alamo and Crockett Streets to the intersection of Alamo and Houston streets.
A second section will run along the northern edge of the plaza from Alamo and Houston streets to the Long Barracks. Fifteen-foot wide access points will be made available for pedestrians on both Alamo and Houston streets. A curfew remains in place at the Alamo Plaza from 8:30 pm to 6 a.m.”
The entire plaza has been closed since March 16, when it, like many other state parks and historical museums were shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic. But while others have re-opened as the state and nation begin coming back to life, The Alamo has remained closed.
If you have ever been to The Alamo, you will understand why. While the stories of the battle that happened here nearly 200 years ago are larger than life, the building itself is really quite small. And for a structure that receives over 2.5 million visitors a year, it leaves little room to social distance.
But in light of recent events and the protests that threaten to rip apart our nation and its cities, it’s probably for the best that this historical monument is closed to the public, leaving it much less likely that destruction and mayhem will follow. Not that they will have much of a chance against the army that Bush has put in place to defend the site.
Much like the battle itself, in which under 200 men and women defended the small stronghold for 13 days straight against an army of what could have been close to 6000 of Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna’s finest men, Bush aims to prove just how willing he is to fight for his beliefs and the freedom to hold on to them.
And based on the picture he included with his message, it looks as though there are plenty who are ready to stand at his side.