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Old 11-14-2007, 09:05 AM
 
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Re: this article-- MySA.com: Health | Fitness (http://www.mysanantonio.com/salife/health/stories/MYSA111407.01B.BlueAlamo.2a55a8e.html - broken link)

Maybe I was just paying too much attention to the tour guides during all those visits to the Alamo, but I am shocked at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. I honestly can't believe they feel it's okay to include the shrine with the worldwide landmarks. The Alamo may have some function as a landmark in present day, but none of the other buildings being bathed in blue light for the sake of diabetes are memorials.

Maybe a lot of the current DotRoT membership has diabetes or something...but it's crazy that they've done so much to keep the Alamo set apart and "more than a building" and now this.

It's a little late to stop the blue light special tonight, but I'd really like somebody with a more public presence than I to at least point out the discrepancy in standards here.
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:59 AM
 
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I'm a proud member of the DRT, and you will never find a group of women so dedicated as the active members and members of the steering committee. If they've decided it's kosher to do this, then I'm ok with it. They have almost impossibly high standards, so if those ladies say this is a worthwhile project, then it is.
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Old 11-14-2007, 10:03 AM
 
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Okay, I'm glad to hear from you. Can you answer a question for me? Why has "decoration" of sorts been allowed these three times (according to the article)--has policy changed in the last year or so?
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Old 11-14-2007, 11:06 AM
 
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Re: this article-- MySA.com: Health | Fitness (http://www.mysanantonio.com/salife/health/stories/MYSA111407.01B.BlueAlamo.2a55a8e.html - broken link)

Maybe I was just paying too much attention to the tour guides during all those visits to the Alamo, but I am shocked at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. I honestly can't believe they feel it's okay to include the shrine with the worldwide landmarks. The Alamo may have some function as a landmark in present day, but none of the other buildings being bathed in blue light for the sake of diabetes are memorials.

Maybe a lot of the current DotRoT membership has diabetes or something...but it's crazy that they've done so much to keep the Alamo set apart and "more than a building" and now this.

It's a little late to stop the blue light special tonight, but I'd really like somebody with a more public presence than I to at least point out the discrepancy in standards here.

Well, if I read the link correctly, there will only be one building per state to participate in this event....
doesn't almost everyone everywhere automatically identify the Alamo when they think of Texas? I could be wrong, but I think most, nearly all, of non-Texans do.....
What other building in Texas would you think of? I"m not being a smart-a**, I just really can't think of any other that would be so universally known....

I took a gorgeous pic of the Alamo the first time I was down there, and I would love to take another with the blue light on.....
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:14 PM
 
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I agreed...the Alamo is a well known Texan landmark but it seems a little unsightly to use a site that is a memorial to the loss of life and the cost of freedom. I can't imagaine that the Pearl Harbor Memorial or the Vietman Wall would be used in this manner.

JMO:-)
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:27 PM
 
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This is the full list of monuments and buildings around the world that will be lit up:

World Diabetes Day - wdd 2007 locations google map (broken link)

A little closer to home, in Indiana the Soliders and Sailors Memorial will be bathed in blue as well:

Indiana War Memorials

Just a little background about the events planned for tonight.
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Old 11-14-2007, 03:09 PM
 
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Most of the sites listed are not sites where battles have been fought and there was loss of life on those actual locations.
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Old 11-14-2007, 04:41 PM
 
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Pretty much my point of view is that if the ladies in charge of my organization are ok with it, I am too. They truly have the best interests of the shrine at heart; if not for them, the Alamo would have been knocked down back at the turn of the century. I trust that they have thought through all of the ramifications and feel that this is an appropriate use of the building. Also, it's not as if it's something permanent; they are sticking a couple of blue gels on the existing lights. It will be over with tomorrow.
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Old 11-14-2007, 07:26 PM
 
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I'm glad you are so much in agreement with your organization, if only for the sake of its unanimity. However, it seems strange to me that you have so much faith in the decisions of those that are higher-up. I mean, that's great for the organization...but surely you don't mean that those in charge never have their decisions discussed or questioned or debated?
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Old 11-14-2007, 07:39 PM
 
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Oh, there is a ton of debate. But it's all very polite, because the sort of older lady who takes a leadership position in the DRT is the epitome of graciousness. There is a very large importance placed on civility in the DRT. There are squabbles and infighting, but at the bottom of it all is a sense that everyone wants what is best for the Alamo, and for what it represents.

I guarantee you there was probably a year's worth of meetings about this little project. But it's hard to explain to people who aren't in the organization, or didn't grow up around it, the degree of care which the leadership brings to their duties. The reason I am so sure that they have made the right decision is I know firsthand the process and the questioning and the committees they go through to make their decisions. There are checks and balances every step of the way.

Even if I weren't a member, I would still say it is a wonderful organization.
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