March 4, 2021

AUSTIN, TX — Today, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kyle Bie­der­mann (Fred­er­icks­burg) filed House Bill 2866 to con­tin­ue to pro­tect the Alamo Ceno­taph from relo­ca­tion off the bat­tle­field by using the pow­er of emi­nent domain to claim the land under and sur­round­ing the Ceno­taph. The Alamo Ceno­taph was deed­ed over to the City of San Anto­nio with the expec­ta­tion that they would “assume all oblig­a­tion of main­te­nance, repair, and preser­va­tion” of the Ceno­taph. HB 2866 ensures that the State of Texas, through the Gen­er­al Land Office, will have the respon­si­bil­i­ty to main­tain, repair, and pre­serve the Cenotaph.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bie­der­mann said, “If the Tomb of the Unknown Solid­er or the U.S.S. Ari­zona was left in a state of dis­re­pair, would we con­tin­ue to allow those care­tak­ers to main­tain con­trol? In 1937, the State of Texas entrust­ed this sacred site to the City of San Anto­nio to pre­serve the Ceno­taph and hon­or the mem­o­ry of the Alamo Defend­ers. It is now time that Texas re-assume author­i­ty over the Ceno­taph and ensure that it remains for gen­er­a­tions to come”.

The bat­tle of the Alamo was the turn­ing point for Texas Inde­pen­dence. The Ceno­taph is a his­toric and impor­tant trib­ute to that bat­tle and all those who made the ulti­mate sac­ri­fice. San­ta Anna ordered the burn­ing of the Alamo Defend­er’s bod­ies on funer­al pyres, refus­ing them a prop­er bur­ial. This emp­ty tomb serves as their hon­ored rest­ing place. Pre­vi­ous attempts to move the Ceno­taph dis­hon­ors the mem­o­ry of these brave defenders.

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