Rep Biedermann Tells The UN, City of San Antonio ‘Not so Fast’ and Appeals George P. Bush to ‘Remember the Alamo!’

September 1, 2018

Biedermann Heatshot

For over a year now I have been edu­cat­ing myself on both the his­to­ry of the Alamo and the pro­posed Alamo Mas­ter Plan. Proac­tive­ly, I have met with hun­dreds of con­cerned cit­i­zens includ­ing the Descen­dants of the Defend­ers, the Gen­er­al Land Office, the City of San Anto­nio, the archi­tect and man­ag­er of the project itself, Com­mis­sion­er George P. Bush, and his rep­re­sen­ta­tives. The more I have learned, the more I have become grave­ly concerned.

Last Thurs­day evening, Aug 30, the ‘Alamo Cit­i­zen Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee’ vot­ed unan­i­mous­ly to approve the pro­posed plan, includ­ing mov­ing the Ceno­taph. The next vote will be Tues­day Sept 4 by the Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee. The final vote, to fol­low soon after, will include the Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee com­prised of Com­mis­sion­er Bush and San Anto­nio May­or Nirenberg. 

On Fri­day 8/31, I and four oth­er State Rep­re­sen­ta­tives met with Com­mis­sion­er Bush and engaged in a sit down meet­ing to ful­ly review ‘The Alamo Mas­ter Plan’.  We all agreed on restor­ing the rev­er­ence of this sacred site and to expe­dite the restora­tion of the exist­ing Alamo foot­print and also the vis­i­tors cen­ter and muse­um. It was agreed that the State of Texas must not allow the City of San Anto­nio and the World Her­itage Com­mit­tee (UNESCO) to deter­mine the his­to­ry and sys­tem­at­ic dilu­tion of the impor­tance of the Alamo Bat­tle and Texas inde­pen­dence. The World Her­itage Com­mit­tee decides when a site can be list­ed as a World Her­itage Site and makes sure that the States are prop­er­ly main­tain­ing these sites. It has been sug­gest­ed that World Her­itage Sites around the world have been sub­ject­ed to revi­sion­ist history. 

The Mas­ter Lease Plan vote which passed unan­i­mous­ly Thurs­day, “sup­ports the City of SA enter­ing into a long term lease agree­ment with the GLO to man­age the Alamo Plaza and give the City the abil­i­ty to mon­i­tor com­pli­ance”. And accord­ing to the Alamo Area Expe­ri­ence Plan Update, it would need to “con­sid­er the World Her­itage Site nom­i­na­tion and des­ig­na­tion and be sure the Alamo area expe­ri­ence Mas­ter Plan rec­om­men­da­tions do not jeop­ar­dize the process and poten­tial des­ig­na­tion“. Com­mis­sion­er Bush said he was adamant­ly opposed to this lease lan­guage and would not vote for it. The State of Texas and the Leg­is­la­ture must pro­tect the sanc­ti­ty of the Alamo. Now is the time for grass­roots activists, elect­ed offi­cials, vot­ers, and Tex­ans who are con­cerned with the ‘Alamo Plan’, to become deeply engaged. 

The plan that was just unan­i­mous­ly approved would, among oth­er things, move the Ceno­taph into the ‘Free Speech Area’ where it can­not be pro­tect­ed and will  be open to protest and dis­re­spect. Fur­ther, and accord­ing to the desires of the City of San Anto­nio and the World Her­itage Foun­da­tion, the Plan would “pro­vide inter­pre­ta­tion of known mis­sion era bur­ial sites around the church and on the north end of the plaza. Using church records that bear the names of hun­dreds of peo­ple, offi­cials hope to place mark­ers that indi­vid­u­al­ly acknowl­edge some of the indige­nous peo­ple buried in or near the plaza. Along with a stat­ue of William Travis and Juan Rodriguez, an Ervip­i­ame Chief, who lived at the Valero Mis­sion  and was instru­men­tal in the found­ing of the cities mis­sions”. The Tomb of the Alamo defend­ers will be moved 500 ft away out­side the walls.

This cur­rent plan must not stand. Now is the time to demand Com­mis­sion­er Bush to place the brakes on this plan and ‘Remem­ber the Alamo!’ Let’s all stand in prayer and faith and ask Com­mis­sion­er Bush to tell the UN (World Her­itage Com­mit­tee) and the City of San Anto­nio not so fast. 

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