OLLU Sponsors Centennial Event at Alamo

Japanese Monument marks 100 years at Shrine of Texas Liberty

In the courtyard of the Alamo, overlooking a wishing well near the Long Barracks Museum, sits a 100-year-old Japanese Monument that honors the heroes of the Shrine of Texas Liberty. The monument arrived in 1914 as a goodwill gift from Japanese professor and world traveler Dr. Shigetaka Shiga. The professor donated the gift, in part, because he recognized striking parallels between the Battle of the Alamo and a Japanese conflict known as the Battle of Nagashino in 1575.

On Wednesday at 2 p.m., Our Lady of the Lake University will co-sponsor the Centennial Commemoration of the Japanese Monument at the Alamo, an event coordinated by Sister Margit Nagy, CDP, PhD, professor and program head of history at OLLU. Sister Nagy’s coordination of the event came by appointment from the Texas General Land Office and recognizes her expertise as a scholar in Asian Studies, her fluency in Japanese, and her deep involvement with monument’s commemoration over the past 25 years.

Sister Nagy will be among several speakers at the event. Others include County Judge Nelson Wolff, Mayor Emerita Lila Cockrell, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, Alamo Curator and Historian Dr. Bruce Winders, Judge Peter Sakai and Consul General of Japan/Houston Nozomu Takaoka.

Japanese delegations from Tokyo and Shinshiro will attend, along with students from Our Lady of the Lake University, Providence Catholic School, Frank L. Madla Early College High School and Tafolla Middle School.

The Centennial Commemoration of the Japanese monument is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in Alamo Hall.