After a 9-year quest, these missions – Mission San Antonio de Valero, Mission San José, Mission Concepción, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada – are finally being recognized for their cultural significance. Mardi Arce with San Antonio Missions National Historical Park says, “It kind of raises our stature to a level that puts us up there with places like the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, the Statue of Liberty, those kind of iconic American symbols” ( – MyFox Austin). Only 23 sites in the United States have been given this honor – these missions are the first World Heritage Site in Texas.