Alamo Honours Europeans Who Fought in Famous 1836 American Battle

By San Antonio Convention Visitors Bureau, PRNE
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

175th Anniversary of the Alamo Commemorated in San Antonio, Texas

SAN ANTONIO, February 9, 2011 - Of the 189 brave defenders at one of America's most iconic battles, 24
hailed from Europe. This year marks the 175th Anniversary of the Battle of
the Alamo, and San Antonio invites visitors from across Europe to join in
commemorations throughout 2011.

Re-enactments, special promotions, hotel packages, themed itineraries and
other activities are planned all year. A highlight: during the anniversary
weekend, March 3-6, 2011, tens of thousands of yellow roses will be
distributed to visitors to San Antonio, inviting them to lay the roses on an
oversized wreath at the iconic Alamo in downtown San Antonio.

European defenders fighting for the independence of Texas from Mexico in
1836 included 11 from England, nine from Ireland, four from Scotland, two
from Germany, one from Wales and one from Denmark.

"The 175th Anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo not only commemorates a
significant time for San Antonio, but more importantly for world history,"
said Dr. Bruce Winders, historian and curator for the Alamo. "More than Texas
history, more than the story of America, the Alamo is a symbol of standing
against overwhelming odds for the pursuit of freedom. So many Europeans
played an essential role in this iconic battle that is famed throughout the
world," noted Dr. Winders.

The Alamo is located just steps from the River Walk, a network of stone
paths that runs alongside the San Antonio River connecting hotels, shops,
cafes, clubs, galleries, parks, open-air theaters and more. The River Walk is
six meters below street level, and offers a green and shady urban oasis as
well as boat tours along its 13 kilometers stretch.

Each year, more than 25 million people visit San Antonio, now the
seventh-largest city in the U.S.

This diverse and cultural city was founded by Spanish missionaries in the
18th century and plays an important role in the history of Texas, the only
U.S. state to have been its own country.

To learn more about Europe's role in the Battle of the Alamo and how
visitors can participate in the 175th anniversary, go to

Lisa Dorfman of Edelman, +1-312-552-1165, lisa.dorfman at, for San Antonio Convention & Visitor's Bureau

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