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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.