Alamo Day Could Become a State Holiday in 2018
Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas wants to add another official Texas holiday between Texas Independence Day on March 2 and San Jacinto Day on April 21. MySA.com reports that Villalba “filed House Bill 724 in December, which would officially recognize the Battle of the Alamo” starting in 2018, if the bill passes.
The date Villabla proposes to celebrate the Alamo as a symbol of Texas independence and spirit while honoring those who lost their lives is March 6th. On that day in 1836, the Alamo fell after 13 days of brutal battle lead by Santa Anna. All of the Texian Army perished, but the Alamo was reclaimed a month later on April 21st after the Battle of San Jacinto.
“Alamo Day will celebrate the heroic actions of the volunteer Texan soldiers who occupied the Alamo during Texas’ war for independence from Mexico,” CBS Austin quotes Villalba’s press release concerning the bill.
News 4 San Antonio posted about the possibility of Alamo Day on their Facebook page, and San Antonio residents are saying “of course” to the proposal. Richard Martinez jokingly added, “Will I get the day off at work? If yes, then it’s an amazing idea. If no, then this is a sham and a disgrace!”