Patty and I are at the Shrine Imperial Session in San Antonio Texas. We toured the Alamo yesterday. This is the sight of the famous battle between “Texicans” (mainly immigrants from the United States) and the Mexican army. Less than 200 Alamo defenders held off a Mexican force of ten times that number for 13 days before falling on March 6, 1836.
There were but few survivors.
Masons played an important role in the defense of the Alamo. Commanders William Barrett Travis and James Bowie were Masons, as was David Crocket and Almaron Dickinson (whose wife and infant daughter were among the survivors within the fortress).
Visiting an historic site involving many Masons (including Mexican general Santa Anna) on the one hand, and participating in what could very well be an historic Shrine session is a most humbling experience.
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