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Alamo Chapter 2017

Battle of Salado Creek, Sept. 15th

1st Vice President General Ed Heath, Chapter 2nd VP Tom Jones, founder Albert Gallatin, Marketing Officer Dick Weitzel, member Paul Vielmas, Admin. for Historical Events Bob Benavides  & Secretary General Ken Pfeiffer ( not pictured ) gather to commemorate The Battle of Salado Creek, the engagement that halted the Texas invasion of the Mexican army under Gen. Woll. The General's sole mission was to invade the Republic of Texas and bring it back under Mexican rule at all cost. The was the last major invasion of Texas by Mexico. Several members also pay tribute to the Dawson Massacre at the marker a few miles away.  The Dawson Massacre was a second engagement occurring at the same time as The Battle of Salado Creek.  The Mexican Army's use of cannon was no match for Capt. Dawson & his men from Fayette County, 36 of his 54 manned Company were killed. Many years later after the battle, the remains of the men killed at The Dawson Massacre, were re-interred in a common tomb in a cement vault, on a bluff, one mile south of La Grange, TX.

1st Vice President General Ed Heath, Chapter 2nd VP Tom Jones, founder Albert Gallatin, Marketing Officer Dick Weitzel, member Paul VielmasAdmin. for Historical Events Bob Benavides  & Secretary General Ken Pfeiffer ( not pictured ) gather to commemorate The Battle of Salado Creek, the engagement that halted the Texas invasion of the Mexican army under Gen. Woll. The General's sole mission was to invade the Republic of Texas and bring it back under Mexican rule at all cost. The was the last major invasion of Texas by Mexico. Several members also pay tribute to the Dawson Massacre at the marker a few miles away.  The Dawson Massacre was a second engagement occurring at the same time as The Battle of Salado Creek.  The Mexican Army's use of cannon was no match for Capt. Dawson & his men from Fayette County, 36 of his 54 manned Company were killed. Many years later after the battle, the remains of the men killed at The Dawson Massacre, were re-interred in a common tomb in a cement vault, on a bluff, one mile south of La Grange, TX.

Battle of Medina, Atascosa Cty, August 19th,

President Jason Chall, Treasurer George Chall, members Paul Vielmas & Davis Barnds, 1st VP John Meehan, Historian Robert Bohmfalk, & Admin. for Historical Events Bob Benavides gather together to commemorate the Battle of Medina, on Saturday Aug 19th. The Battle of Medina was fought approximately 20 miles south of San Antonio de Bexar on August 18, 1813, as part of the Mexican War of Independence against Spanish authority in Mexico. Spanish troops led by General José Joaquín de Arredondo defeated republican forces (calling themselves the Republican Army of the North), consisting of Tejano-Mexican and Tejano-American revolutionaries participating in the Gutiérrez–Magee Expedition, under General José Álvarez de Toledo y Dubois. It was the deadliest battle in Texas History

President Jason Chall, Treasurer George Chall, members Paul Vielmas & Davis Barnds, 1st VP John Meehan, Historian Robert Bohmfalk, & Admin. for Historical Events Bob Benavides gather together to commemorate the Battle of Medina, on Saturday Aug 19th. The Battle of Medina was fought approximately 20 miles south of San Antonio de Bexar on August 18, 1813, as part of the Mexican War of Independence against Spanish authority in Mexico. Spanish troops led by General José Joaquín de Arredondo defeated republican forces (calling themselves the Republican Army of the North), consisting of Tejano-Mexican and Tejano-American revolutionaries participating in the Gutiérrez–Magee Expedition, under General José Álvarez de Toledo y Dubois. It was the deadliest battle in Texas History

Astros Game w/ Sam Houston Chapter, Aug 6th

Alamo Chapter Treasurer George Chall, President Jason Chall & Sam Houston Chapter President Ben Warren pose for a picture before the Houston Astros & Toronto Blue Jays game on Sunday Aug 6th.  Over 60 SRT members from San Antonio & across Houston came out to watch the Astros exciting come back victory in the 9th inning. The Astros scored 4 runs in the final inning to finish the game 7-3. Special thanks goes out to President Ben Warren, who planned & put the event together. 

Alamo Chapter Treasurer George Chall, President Jason Chall & Sam Houston Chapter President Ben Warren pose for a picture before the Houston Astros & Toronto Blue Jays game on Sunday Aug 6th.  Over 60 SRT members from San Antonio & across Houston came out to watch the Astros exciting come back victory in the 9th inning. The Astros scored 4 runs in the final inning to finish the game 7-3. Special thanks goes out to President Ben Warren, who planned & put the event together. 

Membership Meeting,  River City Seafood & Grill, May 18th

Chapter 1st VP John Meehan once again selected a great location & exceptional speaker for our 2nd quarter membership meeting at River City Seafood & Grill on Thursday May 18th. Guest speaker William V. Scott, a native San Antonian, and seventh generation Texan, educated the chapter on Captain Shackelford’s Company of Alabama Red Rovers. William is a passionate historian specializing in the Texas Revolution, Antebellum South and the War Between the States. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Texas A&M University – San Antonio and is currently earning a Masters of Arts in History at the University of Texas at San Antonio. William is currently serving as Captain and Chairman of Captain Shackelford’s Company of Alabama Red Rovers, Chairman of Archives and History Committee of Oak Island UMC, Director of Lone Star Heritage Association and President of the Oak Island Cemetery Association. 

Pilgrimage To The Alamo, DRT Event, Apr. 24th 2017

Every year since 1925, the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters for the Republic of Texas (DRT) has staged the annual Pilgrimage to the Alamo & The Sons Of The Republic of Texas, Alamo Chapter was there to show its support. This is a memorial tribute to the Alamo Heroes and the heritage of Texas. A solemn wreath bearing procession of historic, civic, patriotic, military and school groups depart from the Vietnam Memorial at the Tobin Center, at 3:30 p.m., and walk silently to the Alamo. Simultaneously, an authoritative voice intones the names of the Alamo defenders from inside the Alamo walls. Following the procession and placing of the wreaths on the Alamo greensward, a brief memorial service takes place. The Fiesta Military Coordinator delivers the address and the sounding of Taps ends the ceremony. The Alamo Mission Chapter, DRT, founded in 1905, exists to provide and protect the history of Texas. The Chapter perpetuates the memory of the men and women who achieved and maintained Texas Independence, encourages historical research and preservation, and celebrates Texas Honor Days.

Every year since 1925, the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters for the Republic of Texas (DRT) has staged the annual Pilgrimage to the Alamo & The Sons Of The Republic of Texas, Alamo Chapter was there to show its support. This is a memorial tribute to the Alamo Heroes and the heritage of Texas. A solemn wreath bearing procession of historic, civic, patriotic, military and school groups depart from the Vietnam Memorial at the Tobin Center, at 3:30 p.m., and walk silently to the Alamo. Simultaneously, an authoritative voice intones the names of the Alamo defenders from inside the Alamo walls. Following the procession and placing of the wreaths on the Alamo greensward, a brief memorial service takes place. The Fiesta Military Coordinator delivers the address and the sounding of Taps ends the ceremony.

The Alamo Mission Chapter, DRT, founded in 1905, exists to provide and protect the history of Texas. The Chapter perpetuates the memory of the men and women who achieved and maintained Texas Independence, encourages historical research and preservation, and celebrates Texas Honor Days.

Historic Walking Tour & Texas Proud Alamo Essay Contest Awards Ceremony, Alamo, Apr 22nd, 2017

Alamo Essay Awards Ceremony, Minuet Room, Menger Hotel

After a tour of the Alamo Compound grounds, under the banner of The Alamo Plaza Historical Walking Tour, hosted by our Administrator for Historical Events, Bob Benavides, & our Administrator for Fiesta Events, David Jauer, Alamo Chapter guests were directed to the Minuet Room in the famous Menger Hotel. Within an arm’s reach of the Alamo in downtown San Antonio, students, teachers & family gathered for the annual “Letters from the Alamo“ Essay Writing Contest. Brainchild of chapter member Dr. Gilbert Garcia & merged with the already highly-successful Poster Writing Contest started by Al McCutcheon & Bob Benavides, the programs have been extremely popular & have involved 22,946 students since their inceptions.  The Northside Independent School Districts (N.I.S.D) were represented by middle schools Sam Rayburn, H. B. Zachry & Sul Ross, while Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District (S.C.U.C. I.S.D) included Dolph Briscoe, Ray D. Corbett, & J. Frank Dobie junior high schools.  Administrator Kim Young oversaw the logistics for the contest for N.I.S.D & administrator Becky Williams was the point person for S.C.U.C. I.S.D.  The students were instructed to imagine that they were in the Alamo during the final days; cold, hungry, exhausted, missing their loved ones & knowing they will probably never see them again.  One last courier was about leave the Alamo & the students were to write a final letter to their family; the author of the letter could be a real Alamo defender or a fictionalized one.  Our goal was for the students to get as close to “feeling“ what these men & women were going through, so they could truly understand their sacrifice.  Along with historical accuracy, the letters were judged by their creativeness; how well did they reproduce the hardships, sounds, smells & emotions that must have overwhelmed the Alamo compound almost 200 years ago.  Twenty students received “Top Thirty“ certificates while the remaining ten through one were awarded individually numbered & designed certificates.  The first prize also earned a 180thAnniversary Commemorative Flag.  Each winner also received a Chapter Medal from Secretary General Ken Pfeiffer. The ceremony began with the pledges, with Roger Duncan & 1st VP John Meehan doing the honors.  President Jason Chall was master of ceremonies & handed out certificates with our Administrator for Education Programs, Al McCutcheon, announcing the winners.  Before the awards were given, Chapter members Jason Chall, Billy Bob Highsmith & Al McCutcheon educated the crowd on their ancestors & the difficult lives they had during The Texas Republic. The highlight of the afternoon was past winner Sara Lancaster who had prepared a speech for the event.  Sara gave encouragement & some words of advice to the students in the audience, on history & in life.  Ms. Lancaster was also awarded a 180th Anniversary Commemorative Flag from 1st Vice President General Ed Heath.  After the ceremony was complete, each school that accurately followed the pre-set guidelines for the contest received a check from The Alamo Chapter to support Texas History in their respected School districts. The Awards ceremony’s great turnout & success was truly a combined effort from all members of The Alamo Chapter, a big thanks go out to all who sacrificed their time to make this event a memorable experience for the students & their families.

Historic Walking Tour, SRT & SALHA Event, Alamo Plaza

For over 30 years, Alamo Chapter SRT Admin. for Historical Events Bob Benavides & Admin. for Fiesta Events David Jauer have been hosting the Alamo Plaza Historical Walking Tour. Its purpose is to educate the public on the total Mission Compound & not just the Church that many associate as being the Alamo.  On this date Apr 22nd & in cooperation with the San Antonio Living History Association ( SALHA ) is was the students, teachers & parents of the Texas Proud Alamo Essay Contest who were our honored guests for the tour.  Mr. Benavides started at the main gate with David Jauer handling the sound system & Gilbert Garcia & Historian Robert Bohmfalk handling flag detail. After a brief statement about The Sons of the Republic of Texas organization by President Jason Chall, SRT member Rusty Busby discussed the 18 pounder at the southeast corner & the importance of artillery at the Alamo.  After a stop at the Trevino House the tour headed to The North Wall.  President Jason Chall along with SALHA 1st VP Phillip De La Pena (portraying Lt. Col. William Barret Travis ) explained the vulnerability of this area & why it was so quickly overrun during the battle. Mr. De La Pena recited to the crowd the letter Travis sent out to “To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World “,  a letter that ended with the famous words “ Victory or Death “ .   After educating the crowd on the Long Barracks, Bob Benavides led our guests to the last stop, The Palisades & The Church.  Here Chapter Member Wes O’ Neill brought to life the eerie last moments of David Crockett & The Tennessee Mounted Volunteers. 

San Jacinto Day-DRT, Alamo Plaza, Apr 22nd, 2017

The Alamo Heroes Chapter of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas celebrates San Jacinto Day in front of the Cenotaph at Alamo Plaza on Saturday Apr. 22nd.  SRT Alamo Chapter President Jason Chall was invited to be an honored guest at the ceremony.

New Gonzales Chapter Up & Running! Apr 1, 2017

From left to right: Braxton Steen, Rick Steen, Brayden Steen, Kirk Lubbock, Eric Chester (Gonzales Chapter Registrar), Judge David Bird (Gonzales Chapter President), Richard Crozier (already a Gonzales Chapter member), Kenneth Fink, Edward Heath (SRT 1st Vice President General), and Dick Weitzel (SRT “Heart of Texas” District Representative)

From left to right: Braxton Steen, Rick Steen, Brayden Steen, Kirk Lubbock, Eric Chester (Gonzales Chapter Registrar), Judge David Bird (Gonzales Chapter President), Richard Crozier (already a Gonzales Chapter member), Kenneth Fink, Edward Heath (SRT 1st Vice President General), and Dick Weitzel (SRT “Heart of Texas” District Representative)

County Judge David Bird is leading the effort to reactivate Gonzales Chapter 29 of “The Sons of the Republic of Texas” (SRT). The next meeting, which will be the first Chapter Meeting, will be held on Saturday, May 6th, at 2:00 PM, at the County Courthouse.  All prospective members are encouraged to attend, to learn more about becoming a member of the Gonzales Chapter, and to receive assistance in completing their application.  All interested, and eligible, descendants are encouraged to attend.

Texas Proud Alamo Essay Contest Judging, Cibolo,TX Mar. 23rd, 2017

Ken Pfeiffer, Eldon Cagle, Robert Bohmfalk, Jim Massingill, Billy Bob Highsmith, John Meehan, George Chall, Jason Chall, Roger Duncan, Dick Weitzel, Ed Heath, Al McCutcheon, David Jauer, Bob Benavides & Tom Jones

Ken Pfeiffer, Eldon Cagle, Robert Bohmfalk, Jim Massingill, Billy Bob Highsmith, John Meehan, George Chall, Jason Chall, Roger Duncan, Dick Weitzel, Ed Heath, Al McCutcheon, David Jauer, Bob Benavides & Tom Jones

On Thurs March 23rd, 15 Alamo Chapter members volunteered to grade essays at the Marion Dolford Learning Center, in Cibolo.  The Texas Proud Alamo Essay Contest is the brainchild of Dr. Gilbert Garcia, and it appears to be a resounding success.  The students had clearly done extensive research, and the essays were very well written, our members had to keep reminding themselves that these were only 7th graders. Winners of the Contest will be honored at Alamo Plaza April 22nd .

Annual National Meeting, Kerrville, Mar. 18th, 2017

Rebecca Williams of Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District receives the 2016 Educator of the Year Award from SRT President General Bob Steakley at the YO Ranch Resort in Kerrville, Texas on March 18th.  Mrs. Williams has been instrumental in the success of the Alamo Chapter's Texas Proud Essay Contest.

Rebecca Williams of Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District receives the 2016 Educator of the Year Award from SRT President General Bob Steakley at the YO Ranch Resort in Kerrville, Texas on March 18th.  Mrs. Williams has been instrumental in the success of the Alamo Chapter's Texas Proud Essay Contest.

Alamo Chapter Marketing Officer & Past President Dick Weitzel ( far right ) gets swore in as the new Heart of Texas District Representative of The Sons of Republic of Texas at the National Meeting. Congratulations Dick!

Alamo Chapter Marketing Officer & Past President Dick Weitzel ( far right ) gets swore in as the new Heart of Texas District Representative of The Sons of Republic of Texas at the National Meeting. Congratulations Dick!

Dawn at the Alamo, Alamo Plaza, Mar. 6th, 2017

Every year at 5:30 AM organizations from all of the state, joined in their love for Texas History, come to pay homage to those who lost their lives at the Battle Of The Alamo, and The Sons of the Republic of Texas were at the forefront. Presidents & representatives of all the Chapters of The SRT from across the state came to the Alamo Plaza to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the Revolution.  Bob Benavides Admin. for Historical Events, hosts & MCs the program through SALHA. The Alamo Chapter SRT, as the sun rises on March 6th, lay a wreath in front of the Church at Alamo Plaza. Alamo Chapter President Jason Chall & President-General Robert Steakley of the SRT are given the honor of placing the memorial wreath for the Chapter along with toasting the fallen after the ceremony. 

Toast to the Fallen

The Sons of the Republic of Texas President General Robert Steakley & members from across the state raise their glasses in remembrance to the men & women who lost their lives at the Alamo March 6th, 1836.

Texas Independence Day, The Alamo, Mar. 2nd, 2017

Marketing Officer Richard Weitzel, 2nd VP Tom Jones, President Jason Chall, Historian Robert Bohmfalk, Admin. of Educational Events Al McCutcheon, Rusty Bugsby, & 1st VP General Ed Heath gather in Alamo Plaza to celebrate Texas Independence Day.

Marketing Officer Richard Weitzel, 2nd VP Tom Jones, President Jason Chall, Historian Robert Bohmfalk, Admin. of Educational Events Al McCutcheon, Rusty Bugsby, & 1st VP General Ed Heath gather in Alamo Plaza to celebrate Texas Independence Day.

On this date, the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed at Washington-on-the-Brazos. The 59 signers met in a large frame blacksmith shop with only cotton cloth over the window openings to keep the cold out Sam Houston was there along with 58 other representatives, 52 of which were American-born. Many of the signers wished to be at the battlefields, but Houston convinced the signers that this declaration would give them some basis of legality and would help draw more help from the United States.

Membership Meeting, Milano's, Feb 16th, 2017

Guest Speaker Art Martinez brings to life to the Alamo Chapter some important historical players from the earliest families of San Antonio & gives examples on how they influenced this multi-cultural, cross-road city. 

Guest Speaker Art Martinez brings to life to the Alamo Chapter some important historical players from the earliest families of San Antonio & gives examples on how they influenced this multi-cultural, cross-road city. 

Alamo Chapter 2016

Christmas Party Oak Hills, Dec 8th, 2016

On Thursday Dec. 8th, members of The Sons of the Republic of Texas Alamo Chapter gathered at The Oak Hills Country Club to celebrate the Holiday Season & the achievements of the organization in 2016. Over 70 members along with their significant others were in attendance along with special guest SRT President General Bob Steakley, KSJ.  

SRT President General Bob Steakley, KSJ addresses the Chapter

President General Bob Steakley, KSJ brings the audience up to speed on the future of The SRT & its goals for 2017.  PG Steakley also stated how proud he is of The Alamo Chapter & it's high level of activity in the organization.  Outgoing Chapter President Dick Weitzel thanked Mr. Steakley's kind words with a gift from The Alamo Chapter; a 180th Commemorative Flag.

Admin. of Educational Events Al McCutcheon updates the crowd on our Essay Contest

It has been a busy year for Admin. for Educational Events Al McCutcheon. Since starting the educational project Mr. McCutcheon & his colleagues have awarded thousands of dollars in donations & involved over 21,000 students & staff in the contest. His efforts did not go unrecognized in 2016, for Al McCutcheon was awarded the " National SRT " Distinguished Service Award.  President Dick Weitzel presented Al with a picture of Mirabeau B. Lamar ( Father of Texas Education ) from all of us at the Alamo Chapter to express how proud we are of his achievments.

Speaker Donaly Brice educates the Chapter on the Comanches

Speaker Donaly Brice brought to life a common fear many Texan settlers faced during the early years of the Republic; kidnappings by Native Americans.  After an excellent introduction by Chapter Member Tommie Woods ( a personal friend of Donaly's ) Mr. Brice told the story of a Texan family that had three of their children abducted by Comanches & their long, difficult struggle to get them back. After the talk, President Dick Weitzel thanks Mr. Brice with a picture of Chief Bowles.

Christmas Raffle for Education Progs.: Winner PG Bob Steakley!

A gift basket containing a Yeti mug, spices from Bolner's & a 180th Commemorative Flag was raffled off to the members & guests during the dinner.  All proceeds were to go to the Education Program of the Alamo Chapter. When the winning number was announced the lucky recipient was none other than President General Bob Steakley.

2016 Alamo Chapter Medals Awarded

1st VP Jason Chall & President Dick Weitzel honored the 2016 Alamo Chapter Medal winners.  Pictured from left to right are Tom Jones, Al Davis & Nick Martinez.  The medal recognizes Chapter Member's dedication & exceptional service on a yearly basis. All three winners were 2nd year recipients, having also received the medal in 2015.

2016 Distinguished Service Award Winners

President Dick Weitzel had the honor of announcing this years DSA winners for he Alamo Chapter. Eight of the names called; Bob Benavides, Al McCutcheon, Ken Pfeiffer, David Jauer, Tommie Wood, Jim Massingill & Ed Health are all previous award winners.  This year three new members where enshrined into this exclusive club; Robert Bohmfalk, Jason Chall & Dick Weitzel. The Distinguished Service Award is to spotlight members who go beyond the call of the duty for the Chapter year after year. To be up for nomination for the DSA you must meet all requirements for the award continuously over a 4 year time frame, not an easy accomplishment.

Swearing in of Alamo Chapter Officers for 2017

We were honored to have President General Bob Steakley on hand to personally swear in our 2017 Alamo Chapter officers.  Congratulations to new President Jason Chall, 1st VP John Meehan, 2nd VP Tom Jones, Secretary Eldon Cagle, Treasurer George Chall,  Sgt-at-Arms Al Davis, Chapter Historian Robert Bohmfalk, Marketing Officer Dick Weitzel, Registrar Ken Pfeiffer, Chaplain Omar Pitman, Admin. for Educational Events Al McCutcheon, Admin. for Historical Events Bob Benavides, Admin. for Fiesta Events David Jauer. 

Changing of the Guard: 2 years of dedicated service

Former President Dick Weitzel turned in his gavel & passed over the reigns of the Alamo Chapter to incoming President Jason Chall.  Mr. Weitzel's two terms as Alamo Chapter President have been some of the most successful years for the Chapter & he definitely leaves huge shoes to fill. 

The Alamo Chapter Remembers Founder & Treasurer

Richard Esparza

The original Founders of the Alamo Chapter paid tribute to one of their own, Richard Esparza who passed away earlier this year. After a few words from close friend Registrar Ken Pfeiffer, Richard's wife Martha Esparza was asked to step forward.  A wooden cross, designed & carved by Alamo Chapter Sgt-at-Arms Al Davis was presented to her along with a 180th Commemorative Flag for her husband's unwavering service to the Chapter.

Mission Concepción, Oct 28th,

The Alamo Chapter gathers for the 8th time to honor The Battle of Concepción which was fought on October 28, 1835, between Mexican troops under Colonel Domingo Ugartechea and Texian insurgents led by James Bowie and James Fannin. The 30-minute engagement which has been described as "the first major engagement of the Texas Revolution", occurred on the grounds of Mission Concepción, 2 miles south of what is now Downtown San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas.

Salado Creek & Dawson's Massacre Sept 15, 2016

Alamo Chapter members gather to celebrate the 174th anniversary of the Battle of Salado Creek & Dawson's Massacre on September 15th.  Admin. for Historical Events Bob Benavides ( pictured above in the red tie ) educated the Chapter on the battle that caused the retreat of the Mexican army under Gen. Woll. The General's sole mission was to invade the Republic of Texas and bring it back under Mexican rule at all cost. The was the last major invasion of Texas by Mexico. Several members also commemorated the Dawson Massacre at the marker a few miles away.  The Dawson Massacre was a second engagement occurring at the same time as The Battle of Salado Creek.  The Mexican Army's use of cannon was no match for Capt. Dawson & his men from Fayette County, 36 of his 54 manned Company were killed. Many years later after the battle, the remains of the men killed at The Dawson Massacre, were reinterred in a common tomb in a cement vault, on a bluff, one mile south of La Grange, TX.

Gregorio Esparza Family Reunion, July 9th, 2016

Alamo Chapter SRT Treasurer George Chall, 1st VP Jason Chall, Membership Chairman Tom Jones & Budget Chairman Nick Martinez attend the family reunion of Alamo Defender Gregorio Esparza.  Chapter Member Nick Martinez ( pictured far right ) is a direct descendant of Gregorio Esparza.

Alamo Chapter SRT Treasurer George Chall, 1st VP Jason Chall, Membership Chairman Tom Jones & Budget Chairman Nick Martinez attend the family reunion of Alamo Defender Gregorio Esparza.  Chapter Member Nick Martinez ( pictured far right ) is a direct descendant of Gregorio Esparza.

 1st VP Jason Chall awards a Commemorative Flag 400 to a descendant of Gregorio Esparza at the Gregorio Esparza Reunion in Floresville, Texas.

 1st VP Jason Chall awards a Commemorative Flag 400 to a descendant of Gregorio Esparza at the Gregorio Esparza Reunion in Floresville, Texas.

On Saturday July 9th, hundreds of descendants of Gregorio & his brother, Francisco Esparza gathered in Floresville Texas at the Floresville Community Convention Center to honor the Alamo Defender & pay tribute to his legacy. The Alamo Chapter was there to show it's respects & further it's continual efforts to bring more attention to these unsung heroes of the Texas Revolution.  José Gregorio Esparza also known as Gregorio Esparza was the last Texan defender to enter the Alamo during the early days of March 1836 in the Siege of the Alamo and was the only Texian body that was allowed to receive a Christian burial ( due to the pleas of his brother Francisco, a soldier in the Mexican Army ).  Gregorio had brought his family into the Alamo compound along with him. They were able to survive the battle and were not executed by the conquering army.

Al McCutcheon honored with The Distinguished Service Award from National SRT, May 19th, 2016

Representing The National Executive Committee of The Sons of The Republic Of Texas, 1st Vice President General Edward Heath awards Administrator of Education for the Alamo Chapter Al McCutcheon with The Distinguished Service Award for his unwavering service & devotion to the History Essay & Poster Contest.  Since starting the project Mr. McCutcheon & his colleagues have awarded thousands of dollars in donations & involved over 21,000 students & staff in the contest.  Congratulations Al, we are so proud to have you as a member of this Chapter!

Representing The National Executive Committee of The Sons of The Republic Of Texas, 1st Vice President General Edward Heath awards Administrator of Education for the Alamo Chapter Al McCutcheon with The Distinguished Service Award for his unwavering service & devotion to the History Essay & Poster Contest.  Since starting the project Mr. McCutcheon & his colleagues have awarded thousands of dollars in donations & involved over 21,000 students & staff in the contest.  Congratulations Al, we are so proud to have you as a member of this Chapter!

Chapter Membership Meeting, Milano, May 19th, 2016

Scott C. Woodard (pictured above & center) explains to the Alamo Chapter the challenges faced by medical personnel during the times of the Texas Revolution. The uses of various tree bark, every day cooking spices & plants like agave to relieve the suffering of men & women of the frontier were a main focus of the presentation.  Amos Pollard, Chief Surgeon Alamo Garrison, was of special interest to "Woody" (as Scott preferred to be called) & he dressed as the doctor in his honor.  Woody is an Historian in the Office of Medical History at the US Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage having previously served in the US Army for over 22 years.  He holds a bachelor’s in History from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and a master’s inMilitary Medical History from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. 

Flags 400 Raising, San Jacinto, April 21st, 2016

With the 570 foot San Jacinto Monument as a backdrop, Chapter President Dick Weitzel & Sgt-at-Arms & Flags 400 Committee Chairman Al Davis hoist the last set of flags at San Jacinto, the battle that won Texas's Independence!

With the 570 foot San Jacinto Monument as a backdrop, Chapter President Dick Weitzel & Sgt-at-Arms & Flags 400 Committee Chairman Al Davis hoist the last set of flags at San Jacinto, the battle that won Texas's Independence!

On April 21th, 1836, on a plain near the San Jacinto River, General Sam Houston led his fellow Texians in a decisive battle that defeated General Antonio López de Santa Anna's Mexican army in a fight that lasted just 18 minutes. This was the final stop in a 7 month tour for the Flags 400 Committee. Great job guys!

97th Patriotic & Historical Ball, Apr 16th, 2016

Alamo Chapter 1st VP Jason Chall & President Dick Weitzel receive a Fiesta 2016 poster from The State Association of Texas Pioneers in recognition of the Chapter's support for The Ball over the years.

Alamo Chapter 1st VP Jason Chall & President Dick Weitzel receive a Fiesta 2016 poster from The State Association of Texas Pioneers in recognition of the Chapter's support for The Ball over the years.

The 97th annual Patriotic and Historical Ball is among the first of the galas to open Fiesta. The event, recalling early Texas, leads off with everyone participating in the Grand March.  After opening ceremonies, dancing continues through the evening.  The first Patriotic and Historical Ball took place in 1919 to honor San Antonio's military personnel and the event has continued since that time.  Military personnel from local installations and organizations are special guests for the evening. The State Association of Texas Pioneers, founded in 1921, is a statewide organization that stands to keep alive Texas history, perpetuate Texas traditions and cultivate friendly relations between the pioneers of Texas and their descendants. Pioneer membership is based on Texan lineage.

Texas History Contest Awards Ceremony, Menger Hotel,  Apr 16th, 2016

The Alamo Chapter Texas Essay & Poster Contest came to an amazing close at the Menger Hotel on Saturday Apr. 16.  The rainy weather did not prevent over 250 students, teachers & finally proud parents from showing up to support the program. The overwhelming success of this year's contest is due in no small part to Texas Proud Chairman Tommie Wood & Administrator of Education for the Alamo Chapter,  Al McCutcheon.  Their hard work over the past year was easily recognizable with the student turnout being a record for the Chapter.  Over 72 awards were given out to students representing Sul Ross & H.B. Zachry Middle Schools along with Ray D. Corbett & J. Frank Dobie Junior Highs.  As of April 16, 2016 over 21,000 students have been involved with Alamo Chapter Texas Essay & Poster Contest, an incredible achievement we all should be proud of.  

Flags 400 Raising, Presidio La Bahía , Mar 27th, 2016

Sgt-at-Arms & Flags 400 Committee Chairman Al Davis,  1st VP Jason Chall, & Chapter President Dick Weitzel pose in front of Presidio La Bahía on Easter Sunday. ( not pictured Ken Pfeiffer )

Sgt-at-Arms & Flags 400 Committee Chairman Al Davis,  1st VP Jason Chall, & Chapter President Dick Weitzel pose in front of Presidio La Bahía on Easter Sunday. ( not pictured Ken Pfeiffer )

On March 27th, The Flags 400 Committee came together again to honor another pivotal event in the history of the Texas Revolution. This time it was the men who had been executed at the Goliad Massacre on this same date in 1836.  The Flags 400 Committee members hoisted 400 flags in front of the Fannin Memorial Monument that bares the names & remains of the men killed. The monument is named in memory of  Col. James Fannin, the commander at Goliad. The nest stop for the Flags 400 Committee is San Jacinto on April 9th.

Alamo Essay Contest Judging, March 8th, 2016

( Billy Bob Highsmith, Robert Bohmfalk, Al McCutcheon, Jason Chall, Elizabeth Reed Northside I.S.D., President Dick Weitzel, Rebecca Williams Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City  I.S.D., Ed Heath, Tom Jones, Hector Pacheco, Tommy Wood )

( Billy Bob Highsmith, Robert Bohmfalk, Al McCutcheon, Jason Chall, Elizabeth Reed Northside I.S.D., President Dick Weitzel, Rebecca Williams Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City  I.S.D., Ed Heath, Tom Jones, Hector Pacheco, Tommy Wood )

On Tues March 8th, 11 Alamo Chapter members volunteered to grade essays at the Marion Dolford Learning Center, in Cibolo.  The Texas Proud Alamo Essay Contest is the brainchild of Dr. Gilbert Garcia, and it appears to be a resounding success.  The students had clearly done extensive research, and the essays were very well written, our members had to keep reminding themselves that these were only 7th graders. Winners of the Contest will be honored at Alamo Plaza April 16th.

Flags 400, Battle of The Alamo, March 6th, 2016

Robert Fletcher, Tommie Wood & Christopher Lancaster hoist flags at the original location of the north wall; a few steps away from where Alamo Commander Lt. Col. William Barret Travis's lost his life during the battle.

Robert Fletcher, Tommie Wood Christopher Lancaster hoist flags at the original location of the north wall; a few steps away from where Alamo Commander Lt. Col. William Barret Travis's lost his life during the battle.

"After The Fall of the Alamo ", March 6th, 2016

2nd Vice-President General Ed Heath, Treasurer General Ken Pfeiffer, & Admin of Education Al McCutcheon lower their hats in respect to the fallen, as SRT Alamo Chapter Member Brian Shajari plays bagpipes at the " After The Fall of The Alamo " ceremony in Alamo Plaza.

2nd Vice-President General Ed Heath, Treasurer General Ken Pfeiffer, & Admin of Education Al McCutcheon lower their hats in respect to the fallen, as SRT Alamo Chapter Member Brian Shajari plays bagpipes at the " After The Fall of The Alamo " ceremony in Alamo Plaza.

The event, hosted by the Alamo Chapter, focuses on the events succeeding the defeat of Texian forces at the Alamo & the effect it had on the outcome of the Revolution.  Our guest speaker was again William Chemerka, the publisher-editor of The Alamo Journal and an award-winning educator, lecturer and writer.  Another honored guest was SRT President General Robert Kendall, KSJ, who opened the ceremony addressing the crowd about what The Sons of The Republic of Texas stands for & it's rich history.

Breakfast At The Menger Hotel, March 6, 2016

Following the Dawn Of The Alamo Ceremony, members of The Alamo Chapter, along with brother SRT Chapters from across the State, DRT, SALHA & other Texas based historical organizations, come together to eat breakfast at the Menger Hotel. ( President Dick Weitzel & Ben Warren at left ) ( Tom Jones, Robert Bohmfalk, David Jauer , middle ) ( Ken Pfeiffer & Al McCutcheon at right )

Dawn at The Alamo, March 6, 2016

The Sons of The Republic Alamo Chapter Memorial Wreath 2016

The Sons of The Republic Alamo Chapter Memorial Wreath 2016

Every year at 5:30 AM organizations from all of the state, joined in their love for Texas History, come to pay homage to those who lost their lives at the Battle Of The Alamo.  Bob Benavides ( pictured at left ) Admin. for Historical Events, hosts & MCs the program. The Alamo Chapter SRT, as the sun rises on March 6th, places a wreath in front of the Church at Alamo Plaza. President Dick Weitzel ( pictured at right ) & President-General Robert Kendall ( middle picture ) are given the honor of placing the memorial wreath for the Chapter along with toasting the fallen after the ceremony. 

DRT- Texas Independence Day, March 2, 2016

Historian Robert Bohnfalk, Membership Chairman Tom Jones & 2nd VP General Ed Heath celebrate Texas Independence Day at Alamo Plaza

Historian Robert Bohnfalk, Membership Chairman Tom Jones & 2nd VP General Ed Heath celebrate Texas Independence Day at Alamo Plaza

On this date, the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed at Washington-on-the-Brazos. The 59 signers met in a large frame blacksmith shop with only cotton cloth over the window openings to keep the cold out Sam Houston was there along with 58 other representatives, 52 of which were American-born. Many of the signers wished to be at the battlefields, but Houston convinced the signers that this declaration would give them some basis of legality and would help draw more help from the United States.

Flags 400 Raising, Washington-On-The-Brazos, TX. March 2nd, 2016

Tommie Wood, Sgt-at-Arms & 400 Flags Committee Chairman Al Davis & Christopher Lancaster pose in front of a replica of Independence Hall at Washington-on-the-Brazos. 

Tommie Wood, Sgt-at-Arms & 400 Flags Committee Chairman Al Davis & Christopher Lancaster pose in front of a replica of Independence Hall at Washington-on-the-Brazos. 

The next stop after The Battle Of Bejar for the Flags 400 Committee was Washington-on-the-Brazos, the site of the Convention of 1836 and the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence. The Committee raised 400 flags in front of a replica of Independence Hall, where an inscription reads: "Here a Nation was born."

Chapter Member Meeting La Fonda, Feb 18, 2016

Ed Heath, Al McCutcheon, Bob Benavides, President Dick Weitzel & Tommy Wood pose with Dr. Amy Porter, the speaker for our Feb. 18th Member Meeting at La Fonda restaurant. Dr. Porter's topic was "The Story of the Land of Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Its Ties to Asa Mitchell."  Dr. Amy Porter is an Associate Professor of history at Texas A&M University-San Antonio.  She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in history from Southern Methodist University and B.A. in History and Spanish from Austin College.  Her recent research focuses on women in the Spanish borderlands and can be seen in her book entitled Their Lives, Their Wills: Women in the Spanish Borderlands, 1750-1846 which was published in 2015.  This manuscript won the Lou Halsell Rodenberger Prize in History, Culture, and Literature from Texas Tech University Press.  Dr. Porter teaches classes on early America, Texas, the American West, and Women.  She also serves as a faculty co-advisor for the History Club at Texas A&M University-San Antonio which is a chapter affiliate of the Walter Prescott Webb Society of the Texas State Historical Association.

Ed Heath, Al McCutcheon, Bob Benavides, President Dick Weitzel & Tommy Wood pose with Dr. Amy Porter, the speaker for our Feb. 18th Member Meeting at La Fonda restaurant. Dr. Porter's topic was "The Story of the Land of Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Its Ties to Asa Mitchell."  Dr. Amy Porter is an Associate Professor of history at Texas A&M University-San Antonio.  She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in history from Southern Methodist University and B.A. in History and Spanish from Austin College.  Her recent research focuses on women in the Spanish borderlands and can be seen in her book entitled Their Lives, Their Wills: Women in the Spanish Borderlands, 1750-1846 which was published in 2015.  This manuscript won the Lou Halsell Rodenberger Prize in History, Culture, and Literature from Texas Tech University Press.  Dr. Porter teaches classes on early America, Texas, the American West, and Women.  She also serves as a faculty co-advisor for the History Club at Texas A&M University-San Antonio which is a chapter affiliate of the Walter Prescott Webb Society of the Texas State Historical Association.

Alamo Chapter 2015

Flags 400, Battle of Bejar, Dec 11th, 2015

Sgt-at-Arms & Flags 400 Chairman Al Davis, Christopher Lancaster & Chapter President Dick Weitzel take a moment to pose in La Villita in downtown San Antonio.  They are hoisting flags to honor the men who fought & died during the Battle of Bejar . The siege was the longest campaign of the Texas Revolution & it was the only major Texian success other than San Jacinto.

Sgt-at-Arms & Flags 400 Chairman Al Davis, Christopher Lancaster & Chapter President Dick Weitzel take a moment to pose in La Villita in downtown San Antonio.  They are hoisting flags to honor the men who fought & died during the Battle of Bejar . The siege was the longest campaign of the Texas Revolution & it was the only major Texian success other than San Jacinto.

Ben Milam Memorial, Milam Park, Dec 5, 2015

Albert Gallatin, Jason Chall, Robert Fletcher & Al Davis representing the Alamo Chapter pay tribute on Dec 5, 2015 to the life and passing of Ben Milam, hero of the Texas Revolution. Without Ben and his famous December 1835 ” Who will go with Old Ben Milam into San Antonio, there might not have been a Texas Republic. His leadership led to the tough fight and ultimate surrender of the Mexican garrison under General Cos at the cost of Ben’s life. This was the Chapter's 7th Memorial to this hero of the Texas Revolution.

Albert Gallatin, Jason Chall, Robert Fletcher & Al Davis representing the Alamo Chapter pay tribute on Dec 5, 2015 to the life and passing of Ben Milam, hero of the Texas Revolution. Without Ben and his famous December 1835 ” Who will go with Old Ben Milam into San Antonio, there might not have been a Texas Republic. His leadership led to the tough fight and ultimate surrender of the Mexican garrison under General Cos at the cost of Ben’s life. This was the Chapter's 7th Memorial to this hero of the Texas Revolution.

Chapter Christmas Party, Dec 3rd, 2015

On December 3rd, the Alamo Chapter held it's annual Christmas Party at Oak Hills Country Club.  Robert Kendall, SRT President-General,  was our honored guest. Besides celebrating another successful year, the meeting also included a swearing in of new members, the introduction of the 2016 Alamo Chapter Officers, and an awards ceremony to honor those members who have gone beyond what is expected in benefit of the organization.

Flags 400, Mission Concepción, Oct 28th, 2015

Alamo Chapter member John Hinnant & Historian Christopher Lancaster raise 400 flags at the site of the Battle of Concepción, the second stop on the Flags 400 Tour.  

Alamo Chapter member John Hinnant & Historian Christopher Lancaster raise 400 flags at the site of the Battle of Concepción, the second stop on the Flags 400 Tour.  

Battle of Concepción, Concepción Pk, Oct 28, 2015

The Alamo Chapter gathers for the 7th time to honor The Battle of Concepción which was fought on October 28, 1835, between Mexican troops under Colonel Domingo Ugartechea and Texian insurgents led by James Bowie and James Fannin. The 30-minute engagement which has been described as "the first major engagement of the Texas Revolution", occurred on the grounds of Mission Concepción, 2 miles south of what is now Downtown San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas.

The Alamo Chapter gathers for the 7th time to honor The Battle of Concepción which was fought on October 28, 1835, between Mexican troops under Colonel Domingo Ugartechea and Texian insurgents led by James Bowie and James Fannin. The 30-minute engagement which has been described as "the first major engagement of the Texas Revolution", occurred on the grounds of Mission Concepción, 2 miles south of what is now Downtown San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas.

“Come and Take It” Commemoration Oct 2, 2015

Alamo Chapter members Jim Massingill, Ken Pfeiffer, Jimmy Peet, Ed Heath, Dick Weitzel, Al Davis, and Tommy Cox (not pictured) join President-General Robert Kendall in celebrating the 180th anniversary of the “Come and Take It” confrontation between the Mexican Army and citizens of Gonzales. This event is considered the first shots of the Texas Revolution. Dick Weitzel presented a $1,000 check from the Alamo Chapter to produce and install an interpretive panel (one of four) at the site near Cost, Texas.

Alamo Chapter members Jim Massingill, Ken Pfeiffer, Jimmy Peet, Ed Heath, Dick Weitzel, Al Davis, and Tommy Cox (not pictured) join President-General Robert Kendall in celebrating the 180th anniversary of the “Come and Take It” confrontation between the Mexican Army and citizens of Gonzales. This event is considered the first shots of the Texas Revolution. Dick Weitzel presented a $1,000 check from the Alamo Chapter to produce and install an interpretive panel (one of four) at the site near Cost, Texas.

Flags 400 Raising, Gonzales, TX, Oct 2nd, 2015

Chapter President Dick Weitzel, District Rep Jim Massingill, 2nd VP Jimmy Peat & Sgt-at-Arms & Flags 400 Chairman Al Davis raise flags where the " First Shot " of the Revolution was heard, Gonzales, Texas.  After Gonzales, the Flags 400 Committee will hoist flags at The Battle of Bejar, Washington-on-the-Brazos, The Alamo, Goliad & San Jacinto.

Chapter President Dick Weitzel, District Rep Jim Massingill, 2nd VP Jimmy Peat & Sgt-at-Arms & Flags 400 Chairman Al Davis raise flags where the " First Shot " of the Revolution was heard, Gonzales, Texas.  After Gonzales, the Flags 400 Committee will hoist flags at The Battle of Bejar, Washington-on-the-Brazos, The Alamo, Goliad & San Jacinto.

Member Meeting, Paloma Blanca, Sept. 17th, 2015

How The Ox Saved Texas!  At the Chapter Meeting Sept. 17th, Guest Speaker Prof. Timothy Draves of Incarnate Word University brings to light the everyday hardships faced by our ancestors in his talk "At the Speed of a Cow: Teamsters and Freighters in 1840s Texas." at the Paloma Blanca Restaurant.  Prof. Tim Draves was born in Wisconsin, and attended college there. He has lived in Galveston, and Austin, but he’s most happy in San Antonio, TX, where he has lived since 1982.  Prof. Draves earned a master’s degree in history at UTSA in 2005 and at the same time began working with the University of the Incarnate Word, first as editor of an online history Journal about San Antonio, and now as a history instructor, too,  teaching U.S.  History, Texas History, and some semesters, San Antonio History. His research interest is Mary Menger, founder of the Menger Hotel—he says “Some days it’s a research project, some days it’s a hobby, and most of the time it’s an obsession.” The Menger story is the basis for his talk tonight about the Republic of Texas   "At the Speed of a Cow: Teamsters and Freighters in 1840s Texas."

How The Ox Saved Texas!  At the Chapter Meeting Sept. 17th, Guest Speaker Prof. Timothy Draves of Incarnate Word University brings to light the everyday hardships faced by our ancestors in his talk "At the Speed of a Cow: Teamsters and Freighters in 1840s Texas." at the Paloma Blanca Restaurant.  Prof. Tim Draves was born in Wisconsin, and attended college there. He has lived in Galveston, and Austin, but he’s most happy in San Antonio, TX, where he has lived since 1982.  Prof. Draves earned a master’s degree in history at UTSA in 2005 and at the same time began working with the University of the Incarnate Word, first as editor of an online history Journal about San Antonio, and now as a history instructor, too,  teaching U.S.  History, Texas History, and some semesters, San Antonio History. His research interest is Mary Menger, founder of the Menger Hotel—he says “Some days it’s a research project, some days it’s a hobby, and most of the time it’s an obsession.” The Menger story is the basis for his talk tonight about the Republic of Texas   "At the Speed of a Cow: Teamsters and Freighters in 1840s Texas."

Battle Of Salado Creek, Sept 17th, 2015

Members Ed Heath, Ken Pfeiffer, Chris Lancaster, Jimmy Peet, Jim Massingill, George Harcourt, Dick Weitzel, Jason Chall, and Al Davis (Norm Cooper not pictured) celebrate the 173rd anniversary of the Battle of Salado on September 17th. The battle caused the retreat of the Mexican army under Gen. Woll who’s mission was to invade the Republic of Texas and bring in under Mexican rule. The was the last major invasion of Texas by Mexico. Several members also commemorated the Dawson Massacre at the marker a few miles away. Ed Heath and Ken Pfeiffer completed the commemorations on September 19th by attending the Texas Hero’s Day event at Monument Hill in La Grange. This is where the remains of the Texians of Dawson’s Command killed in 1842 are interred.

Members Ed Heath, Ken Pfeiffer, Chris Lancaster, Jimmy Peet, Jim Massingill, George Harcourt, Dick Weitzel, Jason Chall, and Al Davis (Norm Cooper not pictured) celebrate the 173rd anniversary of the Battle of Salado on September 17th. The battle caused the retreat of the Mexican army under Gen. Woll who’s mission was to invade the Republic of Texas and bring in under Mexican rule. The was the last major invasion of Texas by Mexico. Several members also commemorated the Dawson Massacre at the marker a few miles away. Ed Heath and Ken Pfeiffer completed the commemorations on September 19th by attending the Texas Hero’s Day event at Monument Hill in La Grange. This is where the remains of the Texians of Dawson’s Command killed in 1842 are interred.

Membership Meeting, Joe's Crab Shack, May 2015

Guest speaker & member of the Crockett Masonic Lodge, Chris Williams,  brings to light the contributions the early Masons made in creating & molding the events that led to the great State of Texas.

DRT Battle of San Jacinto Day, Apr 21, 2015

Alamo Chapter President Dick Weitzel was the guest speaker for the DRT celebration of the Battle of San Jacinto at Alamo Plaza April 21, 2015.

DRT Pilgrimage To The Alamo, Apr. 20th, 2015

Twenty eight members of the combined Alamo an Travis SRT Chapters participate in the April 20, 2015 DRT “Pilgrimage to the Alamo”. Chris Lancaster, Ed Heath, AlDavis, Dick Weitzel and Joe Weathersby in the front row and Joey Groff, Hector Pacheco, Robert Bohmfalk, Jason Chall, Jim Massingill and Fred Pfeiffer in the second row. Every year since 1925 the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters for the Republic of Texas (DRT) has staged the annual Pilgrimage to the Alamo. This is a memorial tribute to the Alamo Heroes and the heritage of Texas. A solemn wreath bearing procession of historic, civic, patriotic, military and school groups depart from the Vietnam Memorial at the Tobin Center, at 3:30 p.m., and walk silently to the Alamo. Simultaneously, an authoritative voice intones the names of the Alamo defenders from inside the Alamo walls. Following the procession and placing of the wreaths on the Alamo greensward, a brief memorial service takes place . The Fiesta Military Coordinator delivers the address and the sounding of Taps ends the ceremony.

Twenty eight members of the combined Alamo an Travis SRT Chapters participate in the April 20, 2015 DRT “Pilgrimage to the Alamo”. Chris Lancaster, Ed Heath, AlDavis, Dick Weitzel and Joe Weathersby in the front row and Joey Groff, Hector Pacheco, Robert Bohmfalk, Jason Chall, Jim Massingill and Fred Pfeiffer in the second row. Every year since 1925 the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters for the Republic of Texas (DRT) has staged the annual Pilgrimage to the Alamo. This is a memorial tribute to the Alamo Heroes and the heritage of Texas. A solemn wreath bearing procession of historic, civic, patriotic, military and school groups depart from the Vietnam Memorial at the Tobin Center, at 3:30 p.m., and walk silently to the Alamo. Simultaneously, an authoritative voice intones the names of the Alamo defenders from inside the Alamo walls. Following the procession and placing of the wreaths on the Alamo greensward, a brief memorial service takes place . The Fiesta Military Coordinator delivers the address and the sounding of Taps ends the ceremony.

96th Patriotic & Historical Ball, Apr 18th, 2015

Al Davis, Jason Chall, Jim Massingill, Ed Heath, Max Strozier, George Harcourt, Jeff Weathersby, Ken Pfeiffer, & attend the 96th Annual Patriotic and Historical Ball which is one of the opening galas of Fiesta® 2015. The first Patriotic and Historical Ball took place in 1919 to honor San Antonio’s military personnel, and the event has continued since that time. Military personnel from local installations and organizations are special guests that evening.  The evening begins with patriotic ceremonies, followed by the introduction of the Pioneers' own Fiesta royalty, the Honorary Lady Chairman.  A highlight of the evening is a visit from King Antonio of the Texas Cavaliers.  

Al Davis, Jason Chall, Jim Massingill, Ed Heath, Max Strozier, George Harcourt, Jeff Weathersby, Ken Pfeiffer, & attend the 96th Annual Patriotic and Historical Ball which is one of the opening galas of Fiesta® 2015. The first Patriotic and Historical Ball took place in 1919 to honor San Antonio’s military personnel, and the event has continued since that time. Military personnel from local installations and organizations are special guests that evening.  The evening begins with patriotic ceremonies, followed by the introduction of the Pioneers' own Fiesta royalty, the Honorary Lady Chairman.  A highlight of the evening is a visit from King Antonio of the Texas Cavaliers.  

Essay & Poster Contest Ceremony, Apr 18th, 2015

Al McCutcheon (Admin. of Educational Events ), Gilbert Garcia, Tommie Wood, and Hector Pacheco pose April 18th with the Alamo Chapter Essay Contest winners at Alamo Plaza. To date over 21,000 middle school students have participated in this Alamo Chapter program.

Al McCutcheon (Admin. of Educational Events ), Gilbert Garcia, Tommie Wood, and Hector Pacheco pose April 18th with the Alamo Chapter Essay Contest winners at Alamo Plaza. To date over 21,000 middle school students have participated in this Alamo Chapter program.

Jose Antonio Navarro Ceremony, Mar 23rd, 2015

Alamo Chapter Sgt-at-Arms Al Davis poses in front of the cenotaph of Jose Antonio Navarro at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas.  Jose Antonio Navarro, a little-known hero of the Texas Revolution, was honored with a cenotaph dedication ceremony at the Texas State Cemetery. The ceremony coincided with his 220th birthday.

Alamo Chapter Sgt-at-Arms Al Davis poses in front of the cenotaph of Jose Antonio Navarro at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas.  Jose Antonio Navarro, a little-known hero of the Texas Revolution, was honored with a cenotaph dedication ceremony at the Texas State Cemetery. The ceremony coincided with his 220th birthday.

"After The Fall", Alamo Plaza, Mar 6th, 2015

President Richard " Dick " Weitzel speaks to the crowd at the 2nd Annual " After The Fall " ceremony.  The event, hosted by the Alamo Chapter, focuses on the events succeeding the defeat of Texian forces at the Alamo & the effect it had on the outcome of the Revolution.

President Richard " Dick " Weitzel speaks to the crowd at the 2nd Annual " After The Fall " ceremony.  The event, hosted by the Alamo Chapter, focuses on the events succeeding the defeat of Texian forces at the Alamo & the effect it had on the outcome of the Revolution.

" Dawn At The Alamo", Alamo Plaza, Mar 6th, 2015

Every year at 5:30 AM organizations from all of the state, joined in their love for Texas History, come to pay homage to those who lost their lives at the Battle Of The Alamo. The Alamo Chapter SRT is one of those groups, & as the sun rises on March 6th, our members place a wreath in front of the Church at Alamo Plaza.  Pictured above, President Dick Weitzel & President-General Robert Kendall are given the honor of placing the memorial wreath for the Chapter.

Every year at 5:30 AM organizations from all of the state, joined in their love for Texas History, come to pay homage to those who lost their lives at the Battle Of The Alamo. The Alamo Chapter SRT is one of those groups, & as the sun rises on March 6th, our members place a wreath in front of the Church at Alamo Plaza.  Pictured above, President Dick Weitzel & President-General Robert Kendall are given the honor of placing the memorial wreath for the Chapter.

"Muster & Roll Call Alamo Garrison " Mar 5th, 2015

Chapter President Dick Weitzel & 1st VP Jason Chall speak at the Muster & Roll Call of The Alamo Garrison in front of the Church on March 5th. 

Texas Independence Day, DRT, Mar 2nd, 2015

Alamo Chapter Past President George Harcourt removes his hat during pledge to the Texas Flag at the Daughters of The Republic of Texas Independence Day ceremony at Alamo Plaza.  On this date, the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed at Washington-on-the-Brazos. The 59 signers met in a large frame blacksmith shop with only cotton cloth over the window openings to keep the cold out Sam Houston was there along with 58 other representatives, 52 of which were American-born. Many of the signers wished to be at the battlefields, but Houston convinced the signers that this declaration would give them some basis of legality and would help draw more help from the United States. (This photo would later appear in San Antonio Express News.)

Alamo Chapter Past President George Harcourt removes his hat during pledge to the Texas Flag at the Daughters of The Republic of Texas Independence Day ceremony at Alamo Plaza.  On this date, the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed at Washington-on-the-Brazos. The 59 signers met in a large frame blacksmith shop with only cotton cloth over the window openings to keep the cold out Sam Houston was there along with 58 other representatives, 52 of which were American-born. Many of the signers wished to be at the battlefields, but Houston convinced the signers that this declaration would give them some basis of legality and would help draw more help from the United States. (This photo would later appear in San Antonio Express News.)

" Immortal 32 " Commemoration, Feb 28th, 2015

Tom Wood, Dick Weitzel, Wes O'Neill, Jason Chall & Al McCutcheon help the city of Gonzales Texas honor  their ancestors who fought & sacrificed for the Texian cause during the Revolution.

Tom Wood, Dick Weitzel, Wes O'Neill, Jason Chall & Al McCutcheon help the city of Gonzales Texas honor  their ancestors who fought & sacrificed for the Texian cause during the Revolution.

Alamo Cannon Event, Alamo Plaza , Jan 24, 2015

Dick Weitzel, Ken Pfeiffer, Hector Pacheco, Gary Humphreys, John Hinnant, Brian Shajari, Hank Ortega, Jimmy Peet, George Harcourt, Jeff Payne and Al Davis at the Alamo Cannon event. A bronze cannon believed to have seen service in the Alamo during the famous battle of 1836 moved a step closer to authentication with a dedication ceremony held in front of the Shrine of Texas Liberty on January 24 by the San Jacinto Battleground Conservancy (SJBC). The cannon has been on permanent loan to the Alamo from the conservancy since 2010. A lone bagpiper signaled the start of the event, which drew attendance of around 200.

Dick Weitzel, Ken Pfeiffer, Hector Pacheco, Gary Humphreys, John Hinnant, Brian Shajari, Hank Ortega, Jimmy Peet, George Harcourt, Jeff Payne and Al Davis at the Alamo Cannon event. A bronze cannon believed to have seen service in the Alamo during the famous battle of 1836 moved a step closer to authentication with a dedication ceremony held in front of the Shrine of Texas Liberty on January 24 by the San Jacinto Battleground Conservancy (SJBC). The cannon has been on permanent loan to the Alamo from the conservancy since 2010. A lone bagpiper signaled the start of the event, which drew attendance of around 200.

Alamo Chapter 2014

Chapter Christmas Party, Dec 12th, 2014

On December 12th, the Alamo Chapter held it's annual Christmas Party at Oak Hills Country Club.  Robert Kendall, SRT President-General,  was our honored guest. Besides celebrating another successful year, the meeting also included a swearing in of new members & the 2015 Alamo Chapter Officers, and an awards ceremony to honor those members who have gone beyond what is expected in benefit of the organization.

Ben Milam Memorial, Milam Park, Dec 7th, 2014

The Alamo Chapter pay tribute on Dec 7th, 2015 to the life and passing of Ben Milam, hero of the Texas Revolution. Without Ben and his famous December 1835 ” Who will go with Old Ben Milam into San Antonio, there might not have been a Texas Republic. His leadership led the tough fight and ultimate surrender of the Mexican garrison under General Cos at the cost of Ben’s life. This was the Chapter's 6th Memorial to this hero of the Texas Revolution.

The Alamo Chapter pay tribute on Dec 7th, 2015 to the life and passing of Ben Milam, hero of the Texas Revolution. Without Ben and his famous December 1835 ” Who will go with Old Ben Milam into San Antonio, there might not have been a Texas Republic. His leadership led the tough fight and ultimate surrender of the Mexican garrison under General Cos at the cost of Ben’s life. This was the Chapter's 6th Memorial to this hero of the Texas Revolution.

Phil Collins Donation Ceremony, Oct 28th 2014

Former chart topper Phil Collins is at the Alamo Tuesday morning to turn over his private collection of artifacts from the historic shrine. A fringed leather pouch and a gun used by Davy Crockett are just a few of the artifacts that will be returned in downtown San Antonio by Collins. The collection also includes Jim Bowie's legendary knife, and one of only four remaining rifles owned by Crockett. Also in the crates are letters from William B. Travis and other historical documents.

Battle of Concepción, Concepción Pk, Oct 28, 2014

The Alamo Chapter gathers for the 6th time to honor The Battle of Concepción which was fought on October 28, 1835, between Mexican troops under Colonel Domingo Ugartechea and Texian insurgents led by James Bowie and James Fannin. The 30-minute engagement which has been described as "the first major engagement of the Texas Revolution", occurred on the grounds of Mission Concepción, 2 miles south of what is now Downtown San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas.

The Alamo Chapter gathers for the 6th time to honor The Battle of Concepción which was fought on October 28, 1835, between Mexican troops under Colonel Domingo Ugartechea and Texian insurgents led by James Bowie and James Fannin. The 30-minute engagement which has been described as "the first major engagement of the Texas Revolution", occurred on the grounds of Mission Concepción, 2 miles south of what is now Downtown San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas.

Membership Meeting, La Fonda, Oct 2014

San Antonio Living History Association member Philip De La Pena resites Lt. Col. William Travis's famous speech for the Alamo Chapter at La Fonda on Main. 

Battle Of Salado Creek, Sept 17th, 2014

Front row – Jeff Payne, Tommie Wood, George Harcourt.  Back row – Ken Pfeiffer, Ed Heath, Johnny Brannan, Marvin Roemer, Dick Weitzel, Norm Cooper, Norm’s grandson, Al Davis, Ray Cagle, Jim Massingill. At the event Johnny Brannan read from his ancestor’s first hand account of the battle. celebrate the 172nd anniversary of the Battle of Salado on September 17th. The battle caused the retreat of the Mexican army under Gen. Woll who’s mission was to invade the Republic of Texas and bring in under Mexican rule. The was the last major invasion of Texas by Mexico. Several members also commemorated the Dawson Massacre at the marker a few miles away. Ed Heath and Ken Pfeiffer completed the commemorations on September 19th by attending the Texas Hero’s Day event at Monument Hill in La Grange. This is where the remains of the Texians of Dawson’s Command killed in 1842 are interred.

Front row – Jeff Payne, Tommie Wood, George Harcourt.  Back row – Ken Pfeiffer, Ed Heath, Johnny Brannan, Marvin Roemer, Dick Weitzel, Norm Cooper, Norm’s grandson, Al Davis, Ray Cagle, Jim Massingill. At the event Johnny Brannan read from his ancestor’s first hand account of the battle. celebrate the 172nd anniversary of the Battle of Salado on September 17th. The battle caused the retreat of the Mexican army under Gen. Woll who’s mission was to invade the Republic of Texas and bring in under Mexican rule. The was the last major invasion of Texas by Mexico. Several members also commemorated the Dawson Massacre at the marker a few miles away. Ed Heath and Ken Pfeiffer completed the commemorations on September 19th by attending the Texas Hero’s Day event at Monument Hill in La Grange. This is where the remains of the Texians of Dawson’s Command killed in 1842 are interred.

Dawson Creek Massacre, Sept 17th, 2014

In 2014 the Alamo Chapter inaugurated the Memorial of the 1842 Dawson Massacre at the marker off Austin Highway. Members at the event were Ken Pfeiffer, Eldon Cagle, Tommie Wood, Norm Cooper and his grandson, Ed Heath, Jeff Payne, Marvin Roemer, Al Davis, Johnny Brannan, Dick Weitzel, and George Harcourt. The Dawson massacre, also called the Dawson expedition, was an incident in which 36 Texian militiamen were killed by Mexican soldiers on September 17, 1842 near San Antonio de Bexar (now the U.S. city of San Antonio, Texas). The event occurred during the Battle of Salado Creek, which ended with a Texan victory. This was among numerous armed conflicts over the area between the Rio Grande and Nueces rivers, which the Republic of Texas tried to control after achieving independence in 1836.

In 2014 the Alamo Chapter inaugurated the Memorial of the 1842 Dawson Massacre at the marker off Austin Highway. Members at the event were Ken Pfeiffer, Eldon Cagle, Tommie Wood, Norm Cooper and his grandson, Ed Heath, Jeff Payne, Marvin Roemer, Al Davis, Johnny Brannan, Dick Weitzel, and George Harcourt. The Dawson massacre, also called the Dawson expedition, was an incident in which 36 Texian militiamen were killed by Mexican soldiers on September 17, 1842 near San Antonio de Bexar (now the U.S. city of San Antonio, Texas). The event occurred during the Battle of Salado Creek, which ended with a Texan victory. This was among numerous armed conflicts over the area between the Rio Grande and Nueces rivers, which the Republic of Texas tried to control after achieving independence in 1836.

2014 RIP Ford dedication, Aug 9th, 2014

George Harcourt, Joe Ginn (PPG), John Knox, Robert Kendall (President General), Chris Lancaster, Joe Weathersby, Ed Heath, Johnny Brannan, Al McCutcheon, Ken Pfeiffer, and Jimmy Peet commemorate the placing of a Ranger Cross at RIP Fords grave August 9, 2014 at the historic Confederate Cemetery in San Antonio.

George Harcourt, Joe Ginn (PPG), John Knox, Robert Kendall (President General), Chris Lancaster, Joe Weathersby, Ed Heath, Johnny Brannan, Al McCutcheon, Ken Pfeiffer, and Jimmy Peet commemorate the placing of a Ranger Cross at RIP Fords grave August 9, 2014 at the historic Confederate Cemetery in San Antonio.

Jim Massingill's Swearing in ceremony, 2014

Alamo Chapter Past President Jim Massingill gets swore in as SRT "Heart of Texas" District Representative by 2nd Vice President General Ed Heath.

Alamo Chapter Past President Jim Massingill gets swore in as SRT "Heart of Texas" District Representative by 2nd Vice President General Ed Heath.

Poster & Essay Contest Awards Ceremony, Apr 2014

Alamo Chapter Essay Contest winners pose in front of Alamo Plaza after receiving their awards from the Chapter. To date over 21,000 middle school students have participated in this Alamo Chapter program.

DRT Pilgrimage To The Alamo, Apr. 21st, 2014

Every year since 1925 the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters for the Republic of Texas (DRT) has staged the annual Pilgrimage to the Alamo. This is a memorial tribute to the Alamo Heroes and the heritage of Texas. A solemn wreath bearing procession of historic, civic, patriotic, military and school groups depart from the Vietnam Memorial at the Tobin Center, at 3:30 p.m., and walk silently to the Alamo. Simultaneously, an authoritative voice intones the names of the Alamo defenders from inside the Alamo walls. Following the procession and placing of the wreaths on the Alamo greensward, a brief memorial service takes place . The Fiesta Military Coordinator delivers the address and the sounding of Taps ends the ceremony.

Essay & Poster Contest Judging, Apr 12th, 2014

Chapter Members Gilbert Garcia, Ed Heath, Tommie Wood, Al McCutcheon, Billy Bob Highsmith & Dick Weitzel double check the scores at the Essay Judging Contest.

Chapter Members Gilbert Garcia, Ed Heath, Tommie Wood, Al McCutcheon, Billy Bob Highsmith & Dick Weitzel double check the scores at the Essay Judging Contest.

David Jauer, Ken Pfeiffer, Al Davis, Bob Benavides, Joe Weathersby, Robert Bohmfalk and Jim Massingill help judge the Essay & Poster contest at H.B. Zachry Middle School. Scholarships will be awarded later during a formal ceremony at Alamo Plaza in April.

David Jauer, Ken Pfeiffer, Al Davis, Bob Benavides, Joe Weathersby, Robert Bohmfalk and Jim Massingill help judge the Essay & Poster contest at H.B. Zachry Middle School. Scholarships will be awarded later during a formal ceremony at Alamo Plaza in April.

95th Patriotic & Historical Ball, Apr 9th, 2014

Ed Heath, President George Harcourt, Nick Martinez, Ken Pfeiffer, Max Strozier, Joe Weathersby & Russ Ives

Ed Heath, President George Harcourt, Nick Martinez, Ken Pfeiffer, Max Strozier, Joe Weathersby & Russ Ives

Ken Pfeiffer & Brian Shajari, along with everyone pictured above, attend 95th Annual Patriotic and Historical Ball which is one of the opening galas of Fiesta® 2015. The first Patriotic and Historical Ball took place in 1919 to honor San Antonio’s military personnel, and the event has continued since that time. Military personnel from local installations and organizations are special guests that evening.  The evening begins with patriotic ceremonies, followed by the introduction of the Pioneers' own Fiesta royalty, the Honorary Lady Chairman.  A highlight of the evening is a visit from King Antonio of the Texas

Ken Pfeiffer & Brian Shajari, along with everyone pictured above, attend 95th Annual Patriotic and Historical Ball which is one of the opening galas of Fiesta® 2015. The first Patriotic and Historical Ball took place in 1919 to honor San Antonio’s military personnel, and the event has continued since that time. Military personnel from local installations and organizations are special guests that evening.  The evening begins with patriotic ceremonies, followed by the introduction of the Pioneers' own Fiesta royalty, the Honorary Lady Chairman.  A highlight of the evening is a visit from King Antonio of the Texas

Blas Herrera Ranger Marker Event, 2014

Jason Torres, Ken Pfeiffer, Carlos Torres, Chris Lancaster, Hector Pacheco, Ed Heath and Hank Ortega at the dedication of the Texas Ranger Cross for Blas Herrera. Blas was a hero of the Revolution acting as a scout and messenger from the Alamo and fought with Juan Seguin at the battle of San Jacinto.

Jason Torres, Ken Pfeiffer, Carlos Torres, Chris Lancaster, Hector Pacheco, Ed Heath and Hank Ortega at the dedication of the Texas Ranger Cross for Blas Herrera. Blas was a hero of the Revolution acting as a scout and messenger from the Alamo and fought with Juan Seguin at the battle of San Jacinto.

SRT State Meeting, San Antonio, April 4-5 2014

The 2014 Sons of the Republic of Texas Annual Meeting hosted by the Alamo Chapter was a great success. The chapter organized and carried out, under Bob Benavides, a walking tour of the Alamo Battlefield. Over thirty participated. The chapter members manned the registration table both days and organized the display of historic documents from the SRT O’Conner collection from UTSA. The Alamo chapter was recognized for having the most members in attendance (26). We also won the archive book competition. Two of our chapter members were elected to the SRT Executive Committee. Ed Heath was elected to Second Vice President General and Ken Pfeiffer to Treasurer General. Jim Massingill was appointed to be the District Representative for our area.

"After The Fall", Alamo Plaza, Mar 6th, 2014

Guest Speaker William Chemerka addresses the crowd at the 1st Annual " After The Fall " ceremony.  The event, hosted by the Alamo Chapter, focuses on the events succeeding the defeat of Texian forces at the Alamo & the effect it had on the outcome of the Revolution.

Guest Speaker William Chemerka addresses the crowd at the 1st Annual " After The Fall " ceremony.  The event, hosted by the Alamo Chapter, focuses on the events succeeding the defeat of Texian forces at the Alamo & the effect it had on the outcome of the Revolution.

" Dawn At The Alamo", Alamo Plaza, Mar 6th, 2014

Every year at 5:30 AM organizations from all of the state, joined in their love for Texas History, come to pay homage to those who lost their lives at the Battle Of The Alamo. The Alamo Chapter SRT is one of those groups, & as the sun rises on March 6th, our members place a wreath in front of the Church at Alamo Plaza.  Pictured above, President George Harcourt & President-General David Hanover are given the honor of placing the memorial wreath for the Chapter. are given the honor of placing the memorial wreath for the Chapter.

Alamo Hall, Alamo Complex, Mar 2014

Chapter members Bob Benavides, Al Davis, Joe Weathersby, Nick Martinez, Ken Pfeiffer, Ed Heath & President George Harcourt poise in front of a portrait of William Barret Travis in Alamo Hall.

Chapter members Bob Benavides, Al Davis, Joe Weathersby, Nick Martinez, Ken Pfeiffer, Ed Heath & President George Harcourt poise in front of a portrait of William Barret Travis in Alamo Hall.

Alamo Chapter 2013

Battle of Bejar, La Villita, Dec 7th, 2013

1st VP Joe Weathersby, Chapter President Jim Massingill, Al Davis & Russ Ives brave the cold during The Battle of Bejar reenactment at La Villita.  Meanwhile Admin. for Historical Events Bob Benavides leads a group though the narrow streets of La Villita, bringing to life the battle that drove the Mexican Army out of Texas..

Ben Milam Memorial, Milam Park, Dec 7th, 2013

President Jim Massingill, 1st VP Joe Weathersby, Chaplain Russ Ives, & Al Davis represent the Alamo Chapter & pay tribute on Dec 7th, 2015 to the life and passing of Ben Milam, hero of the Texas Revolution. Without Ben and his famous December 1835 ” Who will go with Old Ben Milam into San Antonio, there might not have been a Texas Republic. His leadership led the tough fight and ultimate surrender of the Mexican garrison under General Cos at the cost of Ben’s life. This was the Chapter's 5th Memorial to this hero of the Texas Revolution.

President Jim Massingill, 1st VP Joe Weathersby, Chaplain Russ Ives, & Al Davis represent the Alamo Chapter & pay tribute on Dec 7th, 2015 to the life and passing of Ben Milam, hero of the Texas Revolution. Without Ben and his famous December 1835 ” Who will go with Old Ben Milam into San Antonio, there might not have been a Texas Republic. His leadership led the tough fight and ultimate surrender of the Mexican garrison under General Cos at the cost of Ben’s life. This was the Chapter's 5th Memorial to this hero of the Texas Revolution.

Chapter Christmas Party, Dec, 2013

In December, the Alamo Chapter held it's annual Christmas Party at the Argyle Club.  David Hanover, SRT President-General, was our honored guest. Besides celebrating another successful year, the meeting also included a swearing in of new members, introduction of the 2014 Alamo Chapter Officers, and an awards ceremony to honor those members who have gone beyond what is expected to benefit of the organization.

Battle of Concepción, Concepción Pk, Oct 28, 2013

The Alamo Chapter gathers for the 5th time to honor The Battle of Concepción which was fought on October 28, 1835, between Mexican troops under Colonel Domingo Ugartechea and Texian insurgents led by James Bowie and James Fannin. The 30-minute engagement which has been described as "the first major engagement of the Texas Revolution", occurred on the grounds of Mission Concepción, 2 miles south of what is now Downtown San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas.

The Alamo Chapter gathers for the 5th time to honor The Battle of Concepción which was fought on October 28, 1835, between Mexican troops under Colonel Domingo Ugartechea and Texian insurgents led by James Bowie and James Fannin. The 30-minute engagement which has been described as "the first major engagement of the Texas Revolution", occurred on the grounds of Mission Concepción, 2 miles south of what is now Downtown San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas.

" Come & Take It ", Gonzales, TX, Oct 2nd 2013

Chapter 1st VP Joe Weathersby & Secretary Tommie Wood represent the Alamo Chapter at the annual " Come & Take It " celebration in Gonzales, Tx.   

Cibolo Crossing Historic Marker, May 11, 2013
 

This once-vital site was part of the road that linked San Antonio de Bejar to the city of Gonzales, both key in the fight for Texas independence. Also this is renowned as the site where Alamo survivor Susanna Dickinson delivered the news of the fall of the Alamo to the Texian army

This once-vital site was part of the road that linked San Antonio de Bejar to the city of Gonzales, both key in the fight for Texas independence. Also this is renowned as the site where Alamo survivor Susanna Dickinson delivered the news of the fall of the Alamo to the Texian army

DRT Pilgrimage To The Alamo, Apr, 2013

Every year since 1925 the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters for the Republic of Texas (DRT) has staged the annual Pilgrimage to the Alamo. This is a memorial tribute to the Alamo Heroes and the heritage of Texas. A solemn wreath bearing procession of historic, civic, patriotic, military and school groups depart from the Vietnam Memorial at the Tobin Center, at 3:30 p.m., and walk silently to the Alamo. Simultaneously, an authoritative voice intones the names of the Alamo defenders from inside the Alamo walls. Following the procession and placing of the wreaths on the Alamo greensward, a brief memorial service takes place . The Fiesta Military Coordinator delivers the address and the sounding of Taps ends the ceremony.

Every year since 1925 the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters for the Republic of Texas (DRT) has staged the annual Pilgrimage to the Alamo. This is a memorial tribute to the Alamo Heroes and the heritage of Texas. A solemn wreath bearing procession of historic, civic, patriotic, military and school groups depart from the Vietnam Memorial at the Tobin Center, at 3:30 p.m., and walk silently to the Alamo. Simultaneously, an authoritative voice intones the names of the Alamo defenders from inside the Alamo walls. Following the procession and placing of the wreaths on the Alamo greensward, a brief memorial service takes place . The Fiesta Military Coordinator delivers the address and the sounding of Taps ends the ceremony.

Essay & Poster Contest Ceremony, Apr, 2013

Al McCutcheon (Admin. of Educational Events ), Ken Pfeiffer, and Ed Heath award scholarships in April to winners of the Alamo Chapter Essay Contest at Alamo Plaza. To date over 21,000 middle school students have participated in this Alamo Chapter program

" This Hallowed Ground " Tour, Apr, 2013

" This Hallowed Ground: Alamo Plaza " is a historical walking tour hosted by Chapter Member Bob Benavides, that is meant to educate the public that the Alamo is not just the famous façade of the San Antonio de Valero church with the rounded parapet on top.  The tour will inform audiences that there is much more geographically and historically to the Alamo as a national landmark than is popularly recognized. 

177th Anniversary of the Immortal 32, Mar, 2013

Alamo Chapter President Jim Massingill & Secretary Jason Chall where invited by the Mayor of Gonzales to be part of their Immortal 32 Ceremony at Alamo Plaza.  They both read off the names of the members of the famed Gonzales Ranging Company who entered The Alamo that day 177 years ago & lost their lives when the compound was taken later on March 6th. 

" Dawn At The Alamo", Alamo Plaza, Mar 6th, 2013

Every year at 5:30 AM organizations from all of the state, joined in their love for Texas History, come to pay homage to those who lost their lives at the Battle Of The Alamo. The Alamo Chapter SRT is one of those groups, & as the sun rises on March 6th, our members place a wreath in front of the Church at Alamo Plaza. 

Every year at 5:30 AM organizations from all of the state, joined in their love for Texas History, come to pay homage to those who lost their lives at the Battle Of The Alamo. The Alamo Chapter SRT is one of those groups, & as the sun rises on March 6th, our members place a wreath in front of the Church at Alamo Plaza. 

DRT Texas Independence Day, Alamo, Mar 2nd, 2013

Alamo Chapter members Ed Heath, Bob Benavides, Ken Pfeiffer, Al McCutcheon & President Jim Massingill attend the DRT celebration of Texas Independence in front of the cenotaph, March 2nd, 2013.

Alamo Chapter members Ed Heath, Bob Benavides, Ken Pfeiffer, Al McCutcheon & President Jim Massingill attend the DRT celebration of Texas Independence in front of the cenotaph, March 2nd, 2013.

" Travis Letter Returns ", Alamo Plaza, Feb 2013

The world famous "Victory or Death" letter written by William Barrett Travis was available for public viewing at the Alamo between February 23 and March 7, 2013.  The Alamo Chapter was on hand to see this important artifact return to the Alamo one last time.

Alamo Chapter Events 2012

Battle of Bejar, La Villita, Dec 8th 2012

Admin. for Historical Events Bob Benavides leads a group though the narrow streets of La Villita, bringing to life the battle that drove the Mexican Army out of Texas..

Christmas Party, Club Giraud, Dec 6th 2012

In December, the Alamo Chapter held it's annual Christmas Party at the Clun Giraud.  Besides celebrating another successful year, the meeting also included a swearing in of new members, introduction of the 2013 Alamo Chapter Officers, and an awards ceremony to honor those members who have gone beyond what is expected to benefit of the organization.

Ben Milam Memorial, Milam Park, Dec 7th, 2012

The Alamo Chapter pay tribute on Dec 7th, 2015 to the life and passing of Ben Milam, hero of the Texas Revolution. Without Ben and his famous December 1835 ” Who will go with Old Ben Milam into San Antonio, there might not have been a Texas Republic. His leadership led the tough fight and ultimate surrender of the Mexican garrison under General Cos at the cost of Ben’s life. This was the Chapter's 4th Memorial to this hero of the Texas Revolution.

Chapter Membership Meeting, Sonterra, 2012

Better Block Party, Alamo Plaza, July 2012

Alamo Chapter members explain the significance of the Palisades & other key areas of Alamo Plaza during the Battle of The Alamo at the Better Block Party.

Poster Contest Awards & Walking Tour, 2012

Al McCutcheon (Admin. of Educational Events )with Chapter President Jim Massingill, award scholarships in April to the winners of the Alamo Chapter Essay Contest at Alamo Plaza. To date over 21,000 middle school students have participated in this Alamo Chapter program

DRT Pilgrimage To The Alamo, Apr, 2012

( David Kuykendall, Joe Lopez, President Jim Massingill, President-General David Hanover & Tommy Wood )Every year since 1925 the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters for the Republic of Texas (DRT) has staged the annual Pilgrimage to the Alamo. This is a memorial tribute to the Alamo Heroes and the heritage of Texas. A solemn wreath bearing procession of historic, civic, patriotic, military and school groups depart from the Vietnam Memorial at the Tobin Center, at 3:30 p.m., and walk silently to the Alamo. Simultaneously, an authoritative voice intones the names of the Alamo defenders from inside the Alamo walls. Following the procession and placing of the wreaths on the Alamo greensward, a brief memorial service takes place . The Fiesta Military Coordinator delivers the address and the sounding of Taps ends the ceremony.

( David Kuykendall, Joe Lopez, President Jim Massingill, President-General David Hanover & Tommy Wood )Every year since 1925 the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters for the Republic of Texas (DRT) has staged the annual Pilgrimage to the Alamo. This is a memorial tribute to the Alamo Heroes and the heritage of Texas. A solemn wreath bearing procession of historic, civic, patriotic, military and school groups depart from the Vietnam Memorial at the Tobin Center, at 3:30 p.m., and walk silently to the Alamo. Simultaneously, an authoritative voice intones the names of the Alamo defenders from inside the Alamo walls. Following the procession and placing of the wreaths on the Alamo greensward, a brief memorial service takes place . The Fiesta Military Coordinator delivers the address and the sounding of Taps ends the ceremony.

" Dawn At The Alamo ", Alamo Plaza, Mar 6th, 2012

Every year at 5:30 AM organizations from all of the state, joined in their love for Texas History, come to pay homage to those who lost their lives at the Battle Of The Alamo. The Alamo Chapter SRT is one of those groups, & as the sun rises on March 6th, our members place a wreath in front of the Church at Alamo Plaza. 

Every year at 5:30 AM organizations from all of the state, joined in their love for Texas History, come to pay homage to those who lost their lives at the Battle Of The Alamo. The Alamo Chapter SRT is one of those groups, & as the sun rises on March 6th, our members place a wreath in front of the Church at Alamo Plaza. 

Texas Independence Day, DRT, Mar 2nd 2012

Members of the Alamo Chapter of The SRT along with The Daughters of The Republic of Texas gather together in Alamo Plaza to celebrate Texas Independence Day.  On this date, the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed at Washington-on-the-Brazos. The 59 signers met in a large frame blacksmith shop with only cotton cloth over the window openings to keep the cold out Sam Houston was there along with 58 other representatives, 52 of which were American-born. Many of the signers wished to be at the battlefields, but Houston convinced the signers that this declaration would give them some basis of legality and would help draw more help from the United States.

Members of the Alamo Chapter of The SRT along with The Daughters of The Republic of Texas gather together in Alamo Plaza to celebrate Texas Independence Day.  On this date, the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed at Washington-on-the-Brazos. The 59 signers met in a large frame blacksmith shop with only cotton cloth over the window openings to keep the cold out Sam Houston was there along with 58 other representatives, 52 of which were American-born. Many of the signers wished to be at the battlefields, but Houston convinced the signers that this declaration would give them some basis of legality and would help draw more help from the United States.

Chapter Memebership Meeting, Grady's, 2012

Registrar Ken Pfeiffer addresses the membership on events happening around Alamo Plaza. 

Alamo Chapter Events 2011

" Dawn At The Alamo ", Alamo Plaza, Mar 6th, 2011

Every year at 5:30 AM organizations from all of the state, joined in their love for Texas History, come to pay homage to those who lost their lives at the Battle Of The Alamo. The Alamo Chapter SRT is one of those groups, & as the sun rises on March 6th, our members place a wreath in front of the Church at Alamo Plaza. 

Every year at 5:30 AM organizations from all of the state, joined in their love for Texas History, come to pay homage to those who lost their lives at the Battle Of The Alamo. The Alamo Chapter SRT is one of those groups, & as the sun rises on March 6th, our members place a wreath in front of the Church at Alamo Plaza. 

Alamo Chapter Events 2010

" Dawn At The Alamo ", Alamo Plaza, Mar 6th, 2010

Every year at 5:30 AM organizations from all of the state, joined in their love for Texas History, come to pay homage to those who lost their lives at the Battle Of The Alamo. The Alamo Chapter SRT is one of those groups, & as the sun rises on March 6th, our members place a wreath in front of the Church at Alamo Plaza. 

Every year at 5:30 AM organizations from all of the state, joined in their love for Texas History, come to pay homage to those who lost their lives at the Battle Of The Alamo. The Alamo Chapter SRT is one of those groups, & as the sun rises on March 6th, our members place a wreath in front of the Church at Alamo Plaza.