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Valley Forge Commemorates Alliance

Revolutionary War re-enactors clutch their rifles in an undated photo taken during a previous encampment at Valley Forge.

Revolutionary War re-enactors clutch their rifles during a previous encampment at Valley Forge.

VALLEY FORGE PA – Revolutionary War re-enactors will recreate an encampment May 2 (2009; Saturday) and May 3 (2009; Sunday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Valley Forge National Historical Park, to observe the 231st anniversary of America’s early, pivotal alliance with France in 1778. The event is free and open to the public.

Visitors can enter the encampment at Conway’s Brigade (off Route 23), and speak with living historians – officers and enlisted men, women and children – about their experiences at Valley Forge and what the French Alliance meant to the American Revolution. At the park’s Welcome Center, Route 23 and North Gulph Rd., children will be able to create tri-corner hats and French flags.

A worship service commemorating the alliance, and French and American soldiers who died in combat with the British, will be held Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at Washington Memorial Chapel on Route 23. It will be followed at 12:30 p.m. by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Waterman Monument in front of chapel. The Second Pennsylvania Regiment reenactment group will march to the monument and on to the Grand Parade area. Artillery firings will be held at 1 and 3 p.m.

For more information, call 610-783-1077.

Photo by the VisitPA Media Room

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