The Chamber was grateful to attend last week’s Fort Sam Houston World War I Centennial Ceremony honoring the 90th Infantry Division at the historic quadrangle. This event was full of tradition and reverence, signaling the immense impact of the 90th Infantry Division on our nation as well as on our great city of San Antonio. The ceremony kicked off with the traditional Arrival of Colors, rendering Honors and an inspiring invocation and national anthem. LTG Jeffrey Buchanan, USARNORTH Commander, and MG Brian Alvin, Commander of the 63rd Regional Support Command in Mountain View, CA, provided remarks prior to the uncasing of the 90th ID Colors and moving Streamer Ceremony. Attendees included relatives of veterans who served within the Division, members of the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council, distinguished military guests, as well as representatives of the delegations of Mexico, France, and Italy.
The Division was established as a result of the passage of the Selective Service Act in May 1917 and quickly became a well-respected unit within the National “Guard” Army. The 90th was constituted in August of 1917 at Camp Travis, adjacent to Fort Sam Houston. In its early days, most of the troops were draftees and the Soldiers came from Texas and Oklahoma. Adopted in France, the “T-O” represented the men from Texas and Oklahoma, although afterward troops were from many other states, as well. The Division’s nickname of the “Alamo Division” was then changed to “Tough Ombres” to better characterize the grit and character of the troops who served with great honor and bravery from throughout the country in many battles throughout the years.
We were humbled to celebrate the service and sacrifice of the men of the 90th Infantry Division and to be a small part of the ceremony to remember their accomplishments.