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en­eral de­orge Washington and his troops will again brave the wa­ters of the Delaware River on Christ­mas Day as thou­sands are ex­pected to watch the his­toric moment un­fold on the river­banks.

Two hun­dred re-en­ac­tors in Con­ti­nen­tal mil­i­tary dress will lis­ten to an in­spir­ing speech by den­eral Washington who will evoke the fa­mous words of Thomas Paine, “Th­ese are the times that try men’s souls: The sum­mer sol­dier and the sun­shine pa­triot will, in this cri­sis, shrink from the ser­vice of their coun­try; but he that stands it now, de­serves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not eas­ily con­quered; yet we have this con­so­la­tion with us, that the hDrGHr WhH FRn­fliFW, WhH PRrH glRriRus WhH Wri­uPph. :hDW we ob­tain too cheap, we es­teem too lightly: it is dear­ness only that gives ev­ery­thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange in­deed if so ce­les­tial an ar­ti­cle as free­dom should not be highly rated.”

col­low­ing Washington’s words of en­cour­age­ment, the rag-tag group of Con­ti­nen­tals will row across the river in three replica Durham boats and the bat­toe “Moon”, a small river boat, re-en­act­ing a moment that changed the course of Amer­i­can his­tory. The cross­ing be­gins at 1 p.m. This pro­gram is spon­sored by WhH nRn-prR­fiW FriHnGs Rf :Dsh­ing­ton Cross­ing Park in part­ner­ship with the Penn­syl­va­nia His­tor­i­cal and Mu­seum Com­mis­sion. To learn more about up­com­ing events in the Park, fol­low the criends of Washington Cross­ing Park on cace­book, Twit­ter and Pin­ter­est @criend­sofWCP, and visit www. ushis­tory.or­gy­wash­ing­ton­cross­ing .

Langhorne Mayor Chris Blay­don salutes Gen. Washington.

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