Monday, October 15, 2012

A Walk Through Valley Forge National Park

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... 
or remember: 
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. 


Kmcblackburn said...

Thank you for hosting the walk Becky. I don't think I'd been back to Valley Forge since an elementary school trip. How sad is THAT??!!?? Will def be going back SOON. So much to see, so little time.

Out on the prairie said...

very nice, lovely pics and praise

EG CameraGirl said...

Lots to think about here, Rebecca!