Great speech by John Wayne from one of the many movie versions of the story of the Alamo.
Davy Crockett: Republic. I like the sound of the word. It means people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose. Some words give you a feeling. Republic is one of those words that makes me tight in the throat – the same tightness a man gets when his baby takes his first step or his first baby shaves and makes his first sound as a man. Some words can give you a feeling that makes your heart warm. Republic is one of those words.
Here is a Youtube clip from the movie.
Although not the most factually accurate portarial of the story of the Alamo a heck of movie. Here is what IMDB says
The Alamo (1960) In 1836 General Santa Anna and the Mexican army is sweeping across Texas. To be able to stop him, General Sam Houston needs time to get his main force into shape. To buy that time he orders Colonel William Travis to defend a small mission on the Mexicans’ route at all costs. Travis’ small troop is swelled by groups accompanying Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett, but as the situation becomes ever more desperate Travis makes it clear there will be no shame if they leave while they can.
For anyone keeping score this is another movie that I will watch whenever it comes on. I am a big John Wayne fan and will stop at any movie he is in and watch it.
Now for something a little different a little view of the actors that have portrayed Davy Crockett at the Alamo.