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Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 3:31 pm, Mon Jul 1, 2013.

By Charline Brown

Herald correspondent

SAN ANTONIO — A visit to the historic Alamo can be fun and educational for the whole family.

Originally called the Mission San Antonio de Valero, the landmark started as just another mission in Texas serving as a home to missionaries and converts.

Perhaps the most famous battle in the Texas Revolution, the Battle of the Alamo lasted 13 days and has become a symbol of possessing the courage to defend liberty at all costs. The fall of the Alamo rallied the Texas Army against the Centralist Army of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.

Not only is the Alamo located in San Antonio — within walking distance of the River Walk, dining, shopping and just general sightseeing — it is a piece of American history that embodies the independent spirit of the frontier.

Visitors have access to three buildings on the 4.2-acre site located at Alamo Plaza: The Shrine, Long Barrack Museum and Gift Museum.

Highlights of the site are weapons and personal items owned by some of the famous defenders such as James Bowie, David Crockett and William B. Travis. There are multiple exhibits on the Texas Revolution and general Texas history. The beautifully landscaped grounds offer a quiet bit of nature for reflection.

A large Centotaph or “empty tomb” sculpture sits in the plaza and is a monument to the fallen.

According to folklore, the Centotaph is placed on the location where the bodies of the defenders were gathered and burned in a funeral pyre after the battle.

The townspeople later gathered the remains and gave them a proper burial. The Centotaph depicts images of the fallen and lists the names of those who defended the mission.

For first-time visitors, the Alamo can be a very informational experience. Children and adults alike will come away with a sense of awe for the sacrifices made there.

Admission is free and there are many activities that will interest children.

The young couriers program is an educational booklet sold in the gift shop that offers facts and activities for children age 5 to 10.

There are also “living history” volunteers who draw in the crowds and entertain while they educate.

SAN ANTONIO — A visit to the historic Alamo can be fun and educational for the whole family.

Originally called the Mission San Antonio de Valero, the landmark started as just another mission in Texas serving as a home to missionaries and converts.

Perhaps the most famous battle in the Texas Revolution, the Battle of the Alamo lasted 13 days and has become a symbol of possessing the courage to defend liberty at all costs. The fall of the Alamo rallied the Texas Army against the Centralist Army of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.

Not only is the Alamo located in San Antonio — within walking distance of the River Walk, dining, shopping and just general sightseeing — it is a piece of American history that embodies the independent spirit of the frontier.

Visitors have access to three buildings on the 4.2-acre site located at Alamo Plaza: The Shrine, Long Barrack Museum and Gift Museum.

Highlights of the site are weapons and personal items owned by some of the famous defenders such as James Bowie, David Crockett and William B. Travis. There are multiple exhibits on the Texas Revolution and general Texas history. The beautifully landscaped grounds offer a quiet bit of nature for reflection.

A large Centotaph or “empty tomb” sculpture sits in the plaza and is a monument to the fallen.

According to folklore, the Centotaph is placed on the location where the bodies of the defenders were gathered and burned in a funeral pyre after the battle.

The townspeople later gathered the remains and gave them a proper burial. The Centotaph depicts images of the fallen and lists the names of those who defended the mission.

For first-time visitors, the Alamo can be a very informational experience. Children and adults alike will come away with a sense of awe for the sacrifices made there.

Admission is free and there are many activities that will interest children.

The young couriers program is an educational booklet sold in the gift shop that offers facts and activities for children age 5 to 10.

There are also “living history” volunteers who draw in the crowds and entertain while they educate.

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