Alamo Cenotaph Rally Turns Against George P. Bush’s Re-Election Bid

“I am in favor of moving it,” Nirenberg said of the cenotaph, which was placed in a prominent spot in front the state’s most visited historic site in 1939, and which, he said, needs to be disassembled and repaired.

Alamo Cenotaph Rally Turns Against George P. Bush’s Re-Election Bid
We Say: What our Mayor and Commissioner Bush haven’t mentioned is the reason the high dollar “experts” (no, they’re not Texans) want the Cenotaph out of sight of the Alamo: “…to promote unity not division in our society.”  
Sorry guys, the Alamo, including the Cenotaph, commemorates a bloody, deadly battle in a bloody, deadly war. The Alamo represents the names that Texans refer to as Heroes of the Alamo. Those who willingly gave their lives so that we may live in the Texas we enjoy today. Jesus taught that “Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for his brother.”
The Cenotaph is inscribed: “Erected in memory of the heroes who sacrificed their lives at the Alamo, March 6, 1836, in the defense of Texas. They chose never to surrender nor retreat; these brave hearts, with flag still proudly waving, perished in the flames of immortality that their high sacrifice might lead to the founding of this Texas.”
Go peddle your Kumbaya campfire image somewhere else. We want every Alamo visitor to see that we memorialize the men who earned the honor of forever being our brothers and our heroes.

Republished from Austin-American Statesman, by Jonathan Tilove, October 14, 2017-  Image credit: Jonathan Tilove / American-Statesman – Contributor Donald Krebs 


A demonstration Saturday to “Save the Alamo Cenotaph” morphed into a rally to defeat Land Commissioner George P. Bush for re-election in 2018.

“They kind of go hand-in-hand,” said Lee Spencer White, founder of the Alamo Defenders Descendants Association. White called Saturday’s rally to challenge a master plan for redesigning the Alamo site, which includes restoring the 1836 battlefield that is now a public plaza owned by the city of San Antonio and moving the cenotaph honoring the “defenders” who died there to a different location.

“The buck stops with him,” White said of Bush, who is overseeing the Alamo redevelopment project and, along with San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, has the final say. “Obviously, he wants to move the cenotaph.”

Most of the handful of speakers at the rally, which drew a noontime crowd of about 150 people, aimed fire at Bush, with Rick Range, a well-known figure among Alamo buffs in Texas, noting that the 2018 GOP primary falls on March 6, the 182nd anniversary of the fateful battle in which the 189 defenders perished. The battle cry for next March 6, he said, should be to defeat Bush.

Noting that cenotaph means “empty tomb,” Range said that it should remain where the men whose names are etched on the massive memorial died.

“The cenotaph is in the perfect place,” he said. “It shouldn’t be moved an inch.”

“This is fake news,” said Ash Wright, Bush’s political director. “Commissioner Bush is completely committed to preserving the Alamo and telling the story of the battle.”

“One of the considerations is where should the cenotaph be once the battlefield is recreated around the Alamo,” Wright said. “No final decisions have been made.”

Last month, the Texas Republican Party’s executive committee passed a resolution critical of how Bush’s General Land Office was handling the redevelopment of the Alamo.

Mindful of the criticism, Bush’s re-election campaign launched a new website,, and an extensive radio ad campaign touting Bush’s record on the Alamo.

“As explained on, the cenotaph will always be honored and it will always be a central focus of the Alamo,” Wright said.

The ultimate decision on where to move the cenotaph, which is owned by the city of San Antonio, rests with Nirenberg. Under the redevelopment plan, the city will convey the plaza to the state.

“I am in favor of moving it,” Nirenberg said of the cenotaph, which was placed in a prominent spot in front the state’s most visited historic site in 1939, and which, he said, needs to be disassembled and repaired.

Of the move, Nirenberg said, “I’m open to hearing objections, but to this point, they don’t outweigh the needs for making sure it’s secure in a different site.”

Ray Myers, a tea party activist who traveled from Kaufman County to address the rally, described Nirenberg as a “radical leftist” and Bush as “wishy-washy,” and said both need to be defeated.

“This cenotaph represents us, the people of Texas and our heroes who died here, and the left is trying to drive a stake through the heart of Texas,” Myers said. “If they move this, that’s what they’ll do.”

One candidate already running to defeat Bush in the primary attended the rally, but did not speak.

A land surveyor, Davey Edwards of Decatur, said he had contemplated running for land commissioner in 2014 but had not yet quite completed his doctorate in geosciences at the time. He has since — thus the “Dr.” prefix he uses before his name in his campaign materials.

“He seems like a nice guy,” White said of Edwards. But, she said, “Before we hang our hat on one candidate, we would like to see several candidates. At the end of the day we want the right guy.”

Dec. 12 is the filing deadline for primary candidates.

“We’re working frantically” to pick a candidate, White said.

Jerry Patterson, Bush’s predecessor as land commissioner and occasional critic, attended the rally but did not speak.

Alma Arredondo-Lynch, a Uvalde dentist who is challenging U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, for Congress in the Republican primary, arrived with her horse and took the stage to join in the denunciations of Bush.

In her remarks, White said that Bush, whose father, Jeb, was governor of Florida — but who was born in Houston and graduated from Rice University and the University of Texas Law School — should return to Florida to “save the manatee,” and leave saving the Alamo to Texans.

Of the rally, White said, “I wanted to test the waters and, we had a resounding ‘yes.’ People care.”

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4 Responses to "Alamo Cenotaph Rally Turns Against George P. Bush’s Re-Election Bid"

  1. William L. Chessher  October 18, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Why is the cenotaph owned by the city? Do cities own the San Jacinto monument, or other important monuments to the rich history of Texas? Though ownership by the state won’t guarantee that a monument will be safeguarded, at least decisions about its fate would be made by an official who was accountable to a statewide constituency. I am not a resident of San Antonio, (I live in Universal City), so I have no way to influence Nirenberg’s political future, but as a natural born Texan my “vote” on the fate of the cenotaph should count…and I deeply resent the control Nirenberg has over the decision.

  2. Don Stephens  October 18, 2017 at 11:09 am

    I tried my best to warn people against George P. Bush the first time he ran for office–but they would not listen. George P.Bush –the son of Jeb Bush is a far left liberal who wants amnesty for all illegals–just like the whole Bush clan. Do not ever vote for any Bush family member.I am sure that George P. Bush is being groomed to be Governor–and we must stop him.Keep the Cenotaph.

  3. Dave Ramos  October 18, 2017 at 10:38 am

    It was a big damn mistake to have Nirenberg elected. He is a big time leftist who intends to push his radical agendas forward. Regretfully, the liberals OUTVOTED the conservatives in this city in the last election. What a damn shame. We can only blame ourselves. Perhaps this Cenotaph issue will cause enough voters to realize what a mistake it was and try to have this guy defeated quickly (or maybe a recall just to get people’s attention)

  4. Allyson Keogh  October 18, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Monument should stay where it is! Drain the Texas swamp!

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