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Valley Forge National Historical Park


Back of the National Memorial Arch.  The enscription at the top reads, Naked and starving as they are, we cannot enough admire the incomparable patience and fidelity of the soldier.

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The back of the National Memorial Arch.

The National Memorial Arch was authorized by Congress in 1910 as a tribute to George Washington and his army who endured the encampment at Valley Forge in 1777 - 1778. It was designed by Paul Phillipe Cret, a prominent Philadelphia architect, and dedicated on June 19, 1917. Although it had stood for nearly 80 years as a symbol of the triumph achieved by Washington, by the mid 1990's the arch was in need of major structural repairs.

During 1995 - 1997 the Freemasons of Pennsylvania contributed more than the one million five hundred thousand dollars necessary to preserve the arch to its original grandeur.

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