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This is a very beautifully scupltor and is located in Alamo Plaza on South Alamo and East Crockett Streets, designed by Carlton Adams before Coppini was chosen as sculptor the Cenotaph reads:
"Erected in Memory of the Heroes who sacrificed their lives at the Alamo, March 6, 1836 in the defense of Texas, "They chose never to surrender nor retreat, these brave hearts with flag still proudly waving perished in the flames of immortality that their high sacrifice might lead to the founding on this Texas." There was debate on why a Cenotaph was choosen as memorial since it is not totally clear why there were no survivors and it has been believed that if any of the men did survive they were put to death right after battle (although is has been documented that some family members did survive the battle) or believe their bodies where piled high and burned and buried tragically. (The Greek words kenos, (empty) and taphos, (tomb) - cenotaphs are tombs or monuments erected to honor a person or persons whose remains are elsewhere or their whereabouts unknown.)

So interesting to learn so much from readings and my travels of what I find and photograph!

Website: http://www.texasescapes.com/SanAntonioTx/The-Alamo-Cenotaph.htm

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  • Updated Oct 27, 2006
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