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Travis letter to be broadcast live

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By Megan Gray / Staff Writer

The iconic “Victory or Death” letter written by Commander William Barret Travis is soon returning to the Alamo and will be available for the world to witness, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced Thursday afternoon.

During the ceremony today, Denton County Sheriff Will Travis, a distant relative of Commander Travis, will publically read the letter to the backdrop of a solitary drummer provided by the Texas National Guard.

The event, kicking off in San Antonio, will be the first time Travis’ “Victory or Death” letter has been at the Alamo since it left with a courier on horseback during the famous 13-day siege in 1836. 

The arrival ceremony and exhibit at the Alamo will be carried live on the specially designed website, beginning at 4 p.m.

According to a news release issued by the Texas Land Commission, everything will be captured using high-quality, three-camera television production. Inside the Alamo Shrine, a static webcam will broadcast a view of the letter in its protective case and the tens of thousands of people streaming by the iconic document daily.

“Col. Travis had the boldness to address his letter to the People of Texas and All Americans in the world, but his letter took months to reach its audience,” Patterson said via an emailed statement.

“Now it will reach them anywhere in the world in a fraction of a second,” he said.

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