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Memorial Arch

Located at the intersection of Outerline Drive and Gulph Road, King of Prussia, 19406

 

On the Memorial Arch at Valley Forge one finds a reminder of the sacrifice that was made by Washington’s troops for the liberties we enjoy. On the west side of the monument is Washington’s statement of admiration for his solders’ loyalty in spite of their hunger and nakedness. In a letter to John Banister dated April 21, 1778, Washington speaks of his barefoot men leaving blood-stained footprints in the snow of Valley Forge: “…no history, now extant, can furnish an instance of an Army’s suffering such uncommon hardships as ours have done, and bearing them with the same patience and Fortitude. To see Men without Cloathes to cover their nakedness, without Blankets to lay on, without Shoes, by which their Marches might be traced by the Blood from their feet, and almost as often without Provisions as with; Marching through frost and Snow, and at Christmas taking up their Winter Quarters within a day’s March of the enemy, without a House or Hut to cover them till they could be built and submitting to it without a murmur, is a mark of patience and obedience which in my opinion can scarce be parallel’d.”

The principal of self-denial for the good of others, an ideal of Biblical character, is seen in the story of Valley Forge. Jesus taught in Luke 9:23: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (NIV).

This arch was created by an act of Congress in 1910 and bears the biblical reference Revelation 7:16, “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore…” (KJV).