by Elizabeth Ruiz and Marissa Wagner
Col. William Barret Travis' famous "Victory or Death" letter written during the 13-day seige at the Alamo in 1836 is on display through March 7.
With a choir singing "Yellow Rose of Texas" and people in period costumers at Alamo Plaza, the letter arrived at the shrine of Texas liberty Friday afternoon under tight security.
The box truck carrying the iconic letter in a blue climate-controlled crate was transported from Austin with a motorcycle escort.
Col. Travis wrote that letter February 24, 1836 seeking help for his troops who were greatly outnumbered by the Mexican Army. The Alamo fell two weeks later on March 6.
In April, General Sam Houston defeated Mexican Troops to win Texas' Independence.
Denton County Sheriff William B. Travis, fifth-great nephew of the Alamo hero, read the letter during the arrival ceremony Friday.
The letter is on display in a specially built cabinet and will be guarded 'round the clock by Alamo Rangers.