The phrase “Remember the Alamo,” has become synonymous with not giving up in American culture, stemming from the historic battle where roughly 200 American patriots fended off thousands of Mexican soldiers, killing or wounding 600 of them, for days before all of the Americans, save half a dozen or so who surrendered, were finally killed. Famous Americans whose lives were lost in the famous battle include James Bowie, William Travis, and Davy Crockett.
The Alamo itself, a very small structure originally used as a Spanish mission, has stood as a monument of American pride and strength ever since, though the city of San Antonio has grown up so much around it that this author passed it twice before finally seeing it when visiting it in the summer of 2007.
However, it seems that the city of San Antonio is in negotiations to surrender the Alamo to the United Nations. San Antonio’s mayor, Julián Castro, is currently dealing with the United Nations, attempting to designate the Alamo as a UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. If the deal works out, visitors to the historic site may be seeing a blue UN flag flying above the historic shrine of liberty in the future.
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