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Valley Forge National Historical Park


Front of the National Memorial Arch.  The enscription at the top reads, To the officers and private soldiers of the Continental Army, December 19, 1777 - June 19, 1776

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The front 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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