Alamo Day is an annual American holiday commemorating the final battle of the Texas War of Independence. It is celebrated on March 6. It was on this day in 1836 that a bloody battle ended, with Mexico emerging victorious. Most of the brave soldiers who defended the sovereignty of the Republic of Texas were killed.
The Alamo Fortress, which was also a Catholic shrine, was built by Spanish settlers in 1718. The location is San Antonio. This fortress was the last line of defense in the Battle of Texas. The defenders made a last-ditch effort to hold back the attacking Mexican soldiers, but victory did not come.
The Mexican army’s attack on the Alamo began on February 23, 1836. About 1,000 soldiers began to storm the fort, supported by artillery. The two sides exchanged fire for two weeks with little change in the situation. The Texas defenders, who included volunteers in addition to professional soldiers, were greatly outnumbered by the Mexicans, but held their ground confidently.
After several breakthrough attempts, the Mexicans made another attempt on March 6. The increased onslaught yielded results: the north wall fell and the soldiers rushed inside the building. The fight lasted about an hour and a half, with some hand-to-hand combat, and in the end the Mexicans were victorious.
- The Texans were not victorious until late April 1836, when Mexican troops were defeated at San Jacinto. This success further secured a victory for Texas.
- Texas joined the United States as a separate state in 1845.
- Today the Alamo is a large museum of military glory, where thousands of visitors from all over the world flock each year.
How to celebrate
At Alamo Day, visit the museum to view historical sources from that time and learn more about the great battle for Texas freedom. Tell your friends and acquaintances about the battle, for it is part of the history of U.S. education.
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When is Alamo Day Celebrated in 2024?
Alamo Day is dedicated to celebrating success. It has always been observed annually on March the 6th.