Honoring Heroes at Valley Forge National Historic Park

Wreaths Across America and March-In Weekend Marks the Beginning of the Continental Army’s Winter Encampment

On. Dec. 19, 1777, General George Washington marched the Continental Army into Valley Forge to begin what would be six long months of a winter encampment. The British had just captured Philadelphia, Washington’s army had suffered numerous defeats and were short on supplies, soldiers and morale. But over those six months in “the valley of the forge,” soldiers retrained, regrouped and resolved to keep fighting for independence.

But those who perished during the winter encampment were buried in unmarked graves. Every year, Valley Forge Park Alliance remembers those fallen heroes by partnering with Wreaths Across America to lay remembrance wreaths in their honor. For more information, visit Valley Forge Park Alliance and Wreaths Across America.

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