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.