BREAKING NEWS! Grassroots conservatives garner major victory over Land Commissioner Bush, rock star Phil Collins: the Alamo Cenotaph will NOT move!

BREAKING NEWS!

Grassroots conservative leader Cindy Muth Gaskill of The Woodlands glowed with joy as she celebrated the victory at the Texas Historical Commission in Austin on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, where the Commission voted AGAINST moving the Alamo Cenotaph.

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports

Austin and San Antonio, September 23 – Despite efforts by Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and British rock star Phil Collins to “reimagine” the Alamo and move its glorious Cenotaph monument to their liking, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) denied a permit request from the City of San Antonio to relocate “Spirit of Sacrifice,” a 1936 cenotaph honoring Texian and Tejano soldiers who died at the 1836 Battle of the Alamo.

The final vote was 12 to 2 against the request, with one member abstaining. It was a great victory for Woodlands grassroots activist Cindy Muth Gaskill and thousands of others across Texas who worked with her to prevent any move of the Cenotaph.

The THC approves any work permit pertaining to State Antiquities Landmarks, which the Alamo was designated as in 1983. As part of the Alamo Master Plan project the THC has worked closely with the City of San Antonio, the Texas General Land Office and the Alamo Trust since 2016.  The THC has granted several Phase One permits involving sensitive archeological and other work done impacting the Long Barracks, Church and Valero Plaza.

The THC released a statement which included the following: “The Alamo in San Antonio is an iconic symbol of bravery and sacrifice around the world, one of the nation’s most popular tourist attractions and part of the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site. The request to move the Cenotaph generated significant interest and opinions, as would be expected given the prominence of the Alamo around the world. Thousands of Texans including many elected officials shared their thoughts regarding the proposal through letters, phone calls and emails, with 300+ providing comments across more than six hours of online testimony.”

THC Chairman John Nau said, “The Commission recognizes the significance of this decision and the importance of the Alamo Master Plan to the future of our state’s most important historic site. The 15-member commission voted on this issue based on their individual determinations of what was in the best interest of Texas.”

Gaskill had explained her opposition to moving the Cenotaph in an editorial in The Golden Hammer on January 27, 2020:
“Since George P. Bush became Land Commissioner with the General Land Office, he has been slowly making changes at the Alamo that are not beneficial to Texas.
“I am a member of the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the group in San Antonio which lovingly took care of the Alamo for 110 years.  George P. Bush literally kicked this group out from the Alamo. The Shrine of Liberty is now in the hands of politicians and a group of investors led by an Ohio museum manager, Douglass McDonald, who has to date been paid upwards of $583,000 out of Texas taxpayer money.
“My ancestor fought and died at the Alamo.  Andrew Kent was a brave and patriotic family man who left his wife and children knowing he would probably never return home to the Gonzales, Texas area.  As he rode off on horseback, his daughter recalled him saying, “This time we may see blood.”  After he and the Alamo Heroes fought and died for Liberty and Texas Independence, Santa Anna refused to grant the defenders a Christian burial and then demanded that the heroes’ bodies be burned in a massive funeral pyre.
“In 1936, work began to create a Cenotaph, or empty tomb, to memorialize the Alamo Defenders. Pompeo Coppini, a sculptor who loved Texas, designed the Cenotaph with four intricate panels made of Georgia Marble with each side having directional meaning.  Coppini was absolutely passionate about his design and he insisted the Cenotaph be constructed on the Alamo Battlefield footprint where the heroes shed their blood.
“The Texas General Land Office, along with a newly formed group called the Alamo Trust, are trying to “Reimagine the Alamo.” Phase 1 includes a RELOCATION of the Cenotaph off the battlefield footprint.   The new proposed location will be toward the Menger Hotel in a commercial area without historical significance to the Alamo.  In addition, the plan calls for the reorientation of the Cenotaph 180 degrees which will adversely affect the design intent of Coppini.  Many Texans, including myself, are 100% opposed to the Relocation of the Cenotaph.”

In a poll, which THC conducted, more than 29,000 people voted against moving the Cenotaph, while only approximately 1,600 voted along with Bush and his British gliterrati rock star friend Collins to move it.

Among those testifying on Tuesday against moving the Cenotaph were Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Senator Brandon Creighton (Republican of Conroe), State Representative Steve Toth (Republican of Conroe), State Representative Mayes Middleton (Republican of Wallisville), and State Representative Kyle Biedermann (Republican of Fredericksburg).
Creighton celebrated the vote afterwards and said, “Today, the Texas Historical Commission voted to keep the Alamo Cenotaph exactly where it is. The 1936 Cenotaph, located within the original Alamo complex, is a sacred monument that honors the fallen heroes of The Alamo and their families. In a year where chaos and unrest seem to be everywhere and the touchstones of history are being torn down, Texans stood firm. I will always fight to preserve our treasured Texas history.”

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