If you grew up in the United States
you have likely heard of Valley Forge.
George Washington slept here after all!
Replica soldier's cabins
In fact, it was the home of his soldier's winter quarters
during the cold Winter of 1777.
Inside a cabin
And it was also the sight of some much needed training for his soldiers.
Training which helped change the course of the war.
Another replica cabin
Today, the rolling hills in the park,
with trails for hiking, riding and biking
create an environment suitable for reflection.
The National Memorial Arch dedicated "to the officers and private soldiers
of the Continental Army December 19, 1777 - June 19, 1778".
I wonder how many people actually reflect...
What was this war really about?
Who lost their life in the fight?
Do we appreciate the sacrifice that was made?
Do we value it?
I am by nature reflective.
I can lose myself in thought for an entire day.
I think about things all the time.
And I believe what was fought for in the 18th Century
is worth preserving today.
Independence that birthed
a new Republic.