Valley Forge Honors Soldiers, Then and Now, With Three Days of Activities Marking ‘March-In’


VALLEY FORGE, Pa., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ — One of the major historic events for which our area is best known took place at this festive time of year; the Continental Army’s March-In to Valley Forge, led by General George Washington, in December 1777. Then as now, soldiers were far from home, facing danger and deprivation.

“The March-In Event commemorates a pivotal moment in the American Revolution – the arrival of the Continental Army at Valley Forge on December 19, 1777,” said Park Superintendent Mike Caldwell. “The winter at Valley Forge tested the patience and spirit of soldier and civilian – every man, woman, and child – and has become a symbol of our national identity.”

This year, Valley Forge National Historical Park expands its traditional one-day commemoration of the Continental Army’s 1777 “March-In” to three days, December 17-19, including family activities, a new Junior Ranger program, hikes along the trails, cooking demonstrations, lantern-light tours, appearances by General Washington and his troops and a commemorative wreath- laying with members of the U.S. Army at National Memorial Arch and a descendant from the Valley Forge Encampment.

“Valley Forge is really seen as the birthplace of the American Army. It’s where all the different manuals and methods were brought into one by Baron von Steuben – so West Point, the United States Army, look back at this and say, this is where it began,” said Park Ranger Marc Breier.

On Monday evening, a ceremonial March-In of the Sons of the American Revolution and lantern-lit walking tour of the encampment will take place, with refreshments and performances by the Colonial Revels.

For a complete schedule of events, log on to http://www.valleyforge.org/nationalpark; call 1-866-VF-Visit; or 610-783-1099.

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