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July 31 , 2009

To the Heirs of Ballí Spanish & Mexican Land Grants
Battle of Medina Memorial Service

The information below will provide details of the Memorial Service.


Our Lady of Mt Carmel Catholic Church
18555 Leal Road
Losoya, Texas

Media Advisory

The community of Losoya welcomes you to the “Battle of Medina Memorial Service.” The event will begin at 12 noon in the air conditioned community hall on Saturday August 15, 2009.

The “Battle of Medina,” was the biggest and bloodiest battle for freedom ever fought on Texas soil. The Republican Army of the North consisted of three to four hundred American volunteers, two to three hundred Native Americans and nine hundred to one thousand Tejanos. Out of this number only one hundred would survive.

Many Mexican Americans have sacrificed their lives defending freedom and democracy. Over a thousand Tejanos were killed in one battle alone in defense of these causes. But this conflict was not on foreign soil. Not on the beaches of Normandy, Viet Nam or Desert Storm, although Tejanos were there, but much closer to home in south Texas, less than 20 miles south of San Antonio. The “Battle of Medina,” the forgotten history of these Tejanos, these first sons and daughters of the State of Texas …..unknown and unrecognized for their ultimate sacrifice.

And now it is time to honor those that fought and died for freedom 197 years ago.

For more information contact:
Dan Arellano, Chairman

Directions: From San Antonio Texas go south on Hi 281(Roosevelt Ave.) past loop 410 stay on HI 281 until Martinez – Losoya Road and turn left. At the corner there is a Conoco station and Southside San Antonio High School. Mt Carmel will be on the left about ¼ mile.


Fred B. Ballí