SAN ANTONIO -- KENS 5 news anchor Deborah Knapp will kick off the city’s Commemorative Week on Tuesday, May 1, by emceeing the Day of Reflection, marking the official start of SA300’s weeklong celebration of San Antonio’s founding.

“I grew up here in San Antonio and I’m honored to be asked to emcee this important event in our city to celebrate our 300th anniversary,” Knapp said. “Our city was built upon the missions by people of faith, and we are beginning this celebration by honoring our spiritual heritage.”

The Day of Reflection commemorates the anniversary of the establishment of the original Mission San Antonio de Valero, later known as The Alamo.

This event, scheduled for May 1 at 6 p.m. in Main Plaza, will be led by the faith-based community and is free and open to the public.

The day will include a candlelight vigil, a citywide ringing of church bells and a light display at San Fernando Cathedral.

“Commemorative Week is an opportunity for our community to come together in unity to reflect and learn about our complex history, celebrate our vibrant arts and culture and build the foundation for the next 300 years of history, “ Mayor Ron Nirenberg said.