Mark Veterans Day in Valley Forge
Valley Forge National Historic Park, 1.5 miles from your Canvas Valley Forge apartment, played a pivotal role in one of the nation’s earliest military developments. The park was host to George Washington and his troops during the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Revolutionary War, and still stands today much as it was then, a testament to history—and to the role that the local area played in the formation of the nation.
It’s fitting then that the park stages one of the region’s biggest Veterans Day observations. On Nov. 11, pay tribute to generations of fallen soldiers at the United States National Memorial Arch inside the park. The event features Revolutionary War reenactors as well as modern military members, illustrating how the park has been a fixture in the region for centuries. At the end of the ceremony, a number of new Marine recruits will be inducted with the Oath of Enlistment ceremony.
Apart from the ceremony, visitors are invited to special guided park tours—either on a trolley or on foot—led by park rangers. In honor of the holiday, all military members and veterans will receive 10 percent off the cost of the tour. Visitors can also sit in on lectures that trace American military history, highlighting key moments in the Revolutionary, Civil and Vietnam wars.
Visitors can also plan their own exploration of the park and its historic sites. Among the stops should be the Medal of Honor Grove, which honors every Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient in history. Apart from the solemn and moving tribute to the honorees, the grove includes a beautifully designed obelisk with plaques dedicated to soldiers from every state in the country.
Veterans Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifices so many have given to our country, and there’s no better place to do that in our area than at Valley Forge National Historic Park.
1400 N Outer Line Drive
King of Prussia, PA 19406