San Benito hosts 9th Annual Texas Independence Day Celebration

SAN BENITO — “Gregorio, Gregorio,” shouted Francisco Esparza, a Mexican soldier as he rushed toward the Alamo.

The defenders, including Davy Crockett played by Carlos Trevino, lay dead. Gregorio Esparza, a Tejano played by San Benito Superintendent Adrian Vega, lay lifeless nearby. They’d just fought the Mexican Army under the command of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna played by Salomon Torres in a reenactment of the Battle of the Alamo.

The battle, which took place in the early morning hours of March 6, 1836, was reenacted yesterday at the San Benito Fairgrounds. It was part of the 9th Annual Texas Independence Day Celebration and Symposium. The celebration, which included reenactments of the Battle of Gonzalez and the Battle of San Jacinto, was presented by the Texas Heritage Independence Celebration Association, Inc.

“We are trying to give a true and accurate account of what happened,” said Jack Ayoub, who narrated the reenactments.

He said between eight and 15 Tejanos — Texans of Mexican descent — fought and died at the Alamo.

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