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National Memorial Arch - Valley Forge - 5

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 17 June 2012 in Lifestyle & Culture.

This is a partial view of Valley Forge's National Memorial Arch. For the life of me, I cannot, explain what possesed me to NOT capture the entire structure!!

The National Memorial Arch (which dominates the southern portion of this National Park) is dedicated "to the officers and private soldiers of the Continental Army December 19, 1777 - June 19, 1778." The arch was commissioned by an act of the 61st Congress in 1910 and completed in 1917.

At the top wall, just out of view in this shot (thanks to yours truly!), there is, inscribed, from George Washington, his tribute to the perseverance and endurance of his army. It reads as follows: "Naked and starving as they are, we cannot enough admire the imcomparable patience and fidelity of the soldiery" - Washington at Valley Forge, February 16, 1778.

OLYMPUS E-510 1/125 second F/6.3 ISO 100 86 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

OLYMPUS E-510
1/125 second
F/6.3
ISO 100
86 mm

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