2018 National Congress - San Antonio, Texas

24 - 28 October 2018

"Come and Take It" - Honoring the Persistent, Dedicated, and Defiant Fighting Spirit of the Navy and Marine Corps

 The Gonzales or "Come and Take It" flag was designed and painted by Cynthia Burns and Evaline DeWitt and was allegedly used at the battle of Gonzales in October 1835. The flag may have been carried by  Stephen F. Austin 's volunteer army to the  siege of Bexar .  From "The Handbook of Texas", Texas State Historical Association,  https://www.tshaonline.org/home/

The Gonzales or "Come and Take It" flag was designed and painted by Cynthia Burns and Evaline DeWitt and was allegedly used at the battle of Gonzales in October 1835. The flag may have been carried by Stephen F. Austin's volunteer army to the siege of Bexar.  From "The Handbook of Texas", Texas State Historical Association, https://www.tshaonline.org/home/

Welcome to San Antonio!

The Texas Commandery is pleased to host the 2018 Naval Order of the United States Congress in beautiful San Antonio, Texas.  The Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk has been selected for this Congress.   It is conveniently located along San Antonio’s spectacular Riverwalk.  It is within walking distance of the Alamo, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, The Pearl Brewery Shopping Complex and El Mercado Marketplace.  The hotel is a short drive to historic San Antonio Missions, San Marcos Outlet Center and Sea World.  It is located just 8 miles from San Antonio International Airport.

The rate for all rooms is $159.00 per night for the Congress and this same rate applies for 2 nights on either side our meeting dates.   The current tax rate is 16.75% ($26.64/night).  The discounted parking rate is $19/night.  Companions must make their own reservations by calling 1-866-764-8536 before 24 September 2018.  You must identify yourself as a member of the Naval Order to get this rate.   Reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card.


About San Antonio

The Alamo Mission in San Antonio ("the Alamo") located in Downtown, is Texas' top tourist attraction. Because of the mission, San Antonio is often called the "Alamo City".  The River Walk, which meanders through the Downtown area, is the city's second-most-visited attraction, giving it the additional nickname of "River City." Extended an additional 13 miles between 2009–2013, the landscaped walking and bike path line the San Antonio River from the "Museum Reach" beginning in Brackenridge Park through downtown, "Downtown Reach", past the Blue Star's "Eagleland" to the "Mission Reach" ending near Loop 410 South past Mission Espada. Lined with numerous shops, bars, and restaurants, as well as the Arneson River Theater, this attraction is transformed into an impressive festival of lights during the Christmas and New Year holiday period (except for the Mission Reach), and is suffused with the local sounds of folklorico and flamenco music during the summer, particularly during celebrations such as the Fiesta Noche del Rio.

The Downtown Area also features San Fernando Cathedral, The Majestic Theatre, Hemisfair (home of the Tower of the Americas, and UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures), La Villita, Market Square, the Spanish Governor's Palace, and the historic Menger Hotel. The Fairmount Hotel, built in 1906 and San Antonio's second oldest hotel, is in the Guinness World Records as one of the heaviest buildings ever moved intact. It was placed in its new location, three blocks south of the Alamo, over four days in 1985, and cost $650,000 to move.

San Antonio is home to the first museum of modern art in Texas, the McNay Art Museum. Other art institutions and museums include ArtPace, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, the Briscoe Western Art Museum, Buckhorn Saloon & Museum (where visitors can experience something of the cowboy culture year round), San Antonio Museum of Art, formerly the Lonestar Brewery, Say Si (mentoring San Antonio artistic youth), the Southwest School of Art, Texas Rangers Museum, Texas Transportation Museum, the Witte Museum and the DoSeum. An outdoor display at North Star Mall features 40 foot (12 meters) tall cowboy boots.

The five missions in the city, which are four found in the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park as well the Alamo, were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 5, 2015. The San Antonio Missions became the 23rd U.S. site on the World Heritage List, which includes the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty. It is the first site in the state of Texas. The new Mission Reach of the River Walk was completed in 2013, and created over 15 miles of biking, hiking, and paddling trails that connect the Missions to Downtown and the Broadway Corridor.

Other places of interest include the San Antonio Botanical Garden, Brackenridge Park, the Japanese Tea Gardens, the Sunken Garden Theater, The Woodlawn Theatre and the Majik Theatre, a children's educational theater.

San Antonio is home to one of the largest concentrations of military bases in the United States, and has become known as Military City, USA. The city is home to several active military installations: Lackland Air Force Base, Brooke Army Medical Center, Randolph Air Force Base, and Fort Sam Houston. The defense industry in San Antonio employs over 89,000 and provides a $5.25 billion impact to the city's economy.


2018 National Congress Schedule of Events


0730-1800       Optional Excursion National Museum of the Pacific War (Nimitz Museum) Fredericksburg, TX (Tickets, transportation cost/means to be determined)


0730-1800       Registration Desk/Welcome

0900-1200: Optional Tour Briscoe Western Art Museum OR On-Your-Own Options

Lunch (individually arranged)

1300-1345       Communications Committee

1400-1445       Membership and Retention Committee

1500-1545       Commandery Support

1600-1645       Investment Committee

1700-1745       Finance and Audit Committee

1600-1645       Foundation Board

 Dinner (individually arranged)

2100-2300       Hospitality Suite


0730-1130       Registration Desk

0800-0845       Historian General's Committee

0800-0845       Awards Committee

0900-0945       By-Law Constitution Committee

0900-0945       Site Committee

1000-1145       General Council

Lunch (individually arranged)

1330-1600:     Optional Tour Alamo OR On-Your-Own Options

1800-2000:     Commander General’s Reception

Dinner (individually arranged)

2100-2300:      Hospitality Suite

FRIDAY 10/26

0700-0830       Continental Breakfast

0830-0900       General Session – Opening Ceremonies

Administrative remarks by Congress Host

0900-0905       Credentials Committee Report

0905-0920       Commander General’s Report

0920-0935       Recorder General’s Report

0935-0950       Registrar General’s Report

0950-1000       BREAK

1000-1015       Membership Report

1015-1030       Commandery Support Report

1030-1045       Communications Report

1100-1200       Presentation by Texas Naval Historian (TBD)

1230-1400       DSSA-SE/LCDR Lee Douglas Award Luncheon Award Luncheon:

1415-1420       General Session Reconvenes/Remarks 

1420-1520       Presentation by Don Kehn Jr.

1520-1530       Administrative Remarks

 Dinner individually arranged

1800:               Optional Tour / Night Out Option

2100-2300:      Hospitality Suite  


0730-0830:      Continental Breakfast 

0830-0840       General Session Reconvenes/ Remarks

0840-0900       Historian General Report 

0900-0915       Auditor General Report

0915-0930       National Investment Committee Report

0930-0945       National Finance Committee Report

0945-1000       BREAK

1000-1015       Awards Committee Report

1015-1030       Project Manager Report

1030-1045       Site Committee Report

1045-1100       President Naval Order Foundation Report

1115-1215       Presentation by Marc Liebman

1230-1400       ADM George Dewey/CG Medal and Certificate Awards Luncheon

1415-1420       General Session Reconvenes/ Remarks

1420-1520       Presentation by James Hornfischer

1520-1530       General Sessions Ends/Final Remarks

1800-1900:     DSSA Cocktail Reception

1900-2200:     Distinguished Sea Service Award Banquet

2200:               Congress officially concludes

2230-2400       Hospitality Suite