The re-dedication ceremony takes place every year, where a new flag is raised on top of the fort. Then a grand re-dedication dinner is held on the fort lawn and is attended by family and friends.
After the dinner a parade down the streets of Fort Sam Houston Park is followed by performances by the Fort Sam H. marching band as well as the taps. One of the main highlights of this entire event is when a replica of General Sam Houston’s horse, Tango, is ridden into the park to meet the leading cowboy of the day.
The second Annual Event is the re-asting of the oak tree on the fort lawn that served as a yard ornament during the past. The event is marked by the re-eds being scattered around on the ground before a grand entrance and retirement party for the fort residents. During this occasion as well as the third Annual Event, an elephant parade from Sam Houston Park to the fort is organized. The highlight of this occasion is when the elephant performs the trek up the hill to the fort while a live band accompanies it.
The next event is the re-dedication of the third Military Fort Sam Houston, which served as a prisoner of war camp during the Civil War. On this day, an historic marker is installed in remembrance of those who were incarcerated there. The fort was built by General Sam Houston, who led the men of the fort in charge of building these camps. This fort has a historic marker that still serves as a historical marker today.