Someone sent me a Chuck Norris fact that says: “Had Chuck Norris been present at the Battle of the Alamo, the southern border of Texas would be extended a few thousand miles to Guatemala.”

I don’t know about that, but I can tell you I’ve found some of my greatest heroes at that Texan O.K. Corral.

Sunday, Feb. 24, marks the anniversary of the day in 1836 that those Alamo defenders called for assistance. Colonel William Travis sent out that call for help on behalf of the Texan troops defending the Alamo, the old Spanish mission and fortress in the heart of modern-day San Antonio that was under attack by the Mexican army back then.

History.com explained, “A native of Alabama, Travis moved to the Mexican state of Texas in 1831. He soon became a leader of the growing movement to overthrow the Mexican government and establish an independent Texan republic. When the Texas revolution began in 1835, Travis became a lieutenant-colonel in the revolutionary army and was given command of troops in the recently captured city of San Antonio de Bexar (now San Antonio). On February 23, 1836, a large Mexican force commanded by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana arrived suddenly in San Antonio. Travis and his troops took shelter in the Alamo, where they were soon joined by a volunteer force led by Colonel James Bowie.

“Though Santa Ana’s 5,000 troops heavily outnumbered the several hundred Texans, Travis and his men determined not to give up. On February 24, they answered Santa Ana’s call for surrender with a bold shot from the Alamo’s cannon. Furious, the Mexican general ordered his forces to launch a siege. Travis immediately recognized his disadvantage and sent out several messages via couriers asking for reinforcements. Addressing one of the pleas to ‘The People of Texas and All Americans in the World,’ Travis signed off with the now-famous phrase ‘Victory or Death.'”

Only 32 men from the town of Gonzales roughly 70 miles away responded to Travis’ call for assistance. On March 6, Mexican forces overwhelmed the Alamo through a gap in the wall, and Travis, Bowie and 190 of their men were killed. Despite overwhelming odds, however, that relatively small ban of Texan soldiers killed at least 600 of Santa Ana’s men before being killed themselves. That’s amazing. They lost that battle, but would provide the inspiration to win the war.

Again as History.com explained: “The brave defense of the Alamo became a powerful symbol for the Texas revolution, helping the rebels turn the tide in their favor. At the crucial Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 910 Texan soldiers commanded by Sam Houston defeated Santa Ana’s army of 1,250 men, spurred on by cries of ‘Remember the Alamo!’ The next day, after Texan forces captured Santa Ana himself, the general issued orders for all Mexican troops to pull back behind the Rio Grande River.”

For 10 years, Texas was its own country before it joined the Union as its 28th state. From 1836 to 1846, Texas was its own republic. Washington-on-the-Brazos (river)was to Texas as Philadelphia was to the U.S. It was there on March 2, 1836, where a band of patriots forged the Texas Declaration of Independence. On May 14, 1836, Texas officially became an independent republic.

A decade later on March 1, 1845, then-President John Tyler signed a congressional bill annexing the Republic of Texas. Though the annexation resolution never explicitly granted Texas the right to secede from the Union (as is often reported), many (including me) hold that it is implied by its unique autonomy and history, as well as the unusual provisionin the resolution that gave Texas the right to divide into as many as five states. Both the original (1836) and the current (1876) Texas Constitutions also declared that: “All political power is inherent in the people. … They have at all times the inalienable right to alter their government in such manner as they might think proper.”

Doesn’t the mere retelling of the Alamo’s story or the Texas Revolution fire up your American patriotism? That’s because Texas was forged in large part by the spirit of the Alamo, which is also the spirit of America.

When we hear that leftist extremists are pushing America away from its Constitutional roots, it’s easy to be discouraged.

That’s when it’s time again to remember the Alamo.

When some of us think back 37 years ago when rocker Ozzy Osborne urinated on the Alamo Cenotaph, which has been at the front of the Alamo since 1940 and its 100-year anniversary to “commemorate the men and women who chose to defend the Alamo rather than surrender, despite overwhelming odds,” it’s easy to be discouraged and think all respect has been lost today.

That’s when it’s time again to remember the Alamo.

When we heard that on Sept. 3, 2015, “an individual was observed by an Alamo Tour Guide inside the Alamo Church, in the room known as the Monks’ Burial Room, desecrating the wall using a car key,” it’s easy to be discouraged when such desecrations are becoming daily news.

That’s when it’s time again to remember the Alamo.

When public school officials try to remove the heroism of the Alamo from school textbooks, it’s easy to be discouraged that schools are going down the toilet.

That’s when it’s time again to remember the Alamo.

We need to be like the Chief of the Alamo Rangers, Mark Adkins, who stated: “In Texas we take our history seriously and consider the Alamo to be sacred ground. Desecration of any part of these hallowed grounds, especially the walls of the Alamo Chapel, will not be tolerated and we will support prosecution to the furthest extent of the law.”

For those losing hope in our country, and others wanting to rekindle the patriotic fires of America’s early founders, I’d encourage you to read a little more Alamo history and remember the Alamo.

Even better, visit the Alamo. Over the next couple weeks, the historic site will be hosting 13 days of special events, programming in honor of the 1836 battle. According to a press release from the Texas General Land Office, from Feb. 23 through March 6, there will be more than 30 events. Many of them will be free to the public.

The Alamo represents the spirit of America. As courage proliferated the battle for the Alamo, so it must also for America. And that’s why we must continue to fight for Old Glory until our dying breath.

Sam Houston put it well when he gave the marching orders: “We view ourselves on the eve of battle. We are nerved for the contest, and must conquer or perish. It is vain to look for present aid: None is at hand. We must now act or abandon all hope! Rally to the standard, and be no longer the scoff of mercenary tongues! Be men, be free men, that your children may bless their father’s name.”

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