The George Washington bronze equestrian monument (at top) located at Freedom’s Foundation
VALLEY FORGE PA – It’s been a winter of out with the problematic, the old, and the deteriorating, and in with the new, at the Medal Of Honor Grove on the 72-acre Freedoms Foundation campus, 1601 Valley Forge Rd., according to its non-profit Friends organization.
The grove, a memorial to the more than 3,000 recipients since the Civil War of the Medal of Honor – the nation’s highest military decoration – re-opened in January (2018) after closing last October for significant maintenance. Crews were tasked during late fall and winter with removing more than 120 trees covering easements for pipes that supply water to nearby Valley Forge National Historical Park.
Additionally, the Friends group that maintains the grove removed another 60 dead or diseased trees. “This was a huge undertaking that required the grove be closed for safety reasons, much longer than expected,” Friends representative Mary Archey explained in an e-mail distributed Monday (Jan. 29, 2018). The age and condition of other trees is likely to keep woodcutters busy annually, she added.
Replacement growth also is appearing in the grove, as supporters have planted more than 130 new trees during the past two years, Archey reported. In other improvements:
- The grove’s 5-year road repaving project is now complete, and all streets within its boundaries have been resurfaced; and
- Thanks to through the generosity of a local businessman, Archey added, “new flag poles have been installed at each state and territory” in the grove, “where their flags now proudly fly.”
The Friends group has scheduled a public spring clean-up day for April 21 (Saturday) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. It will help prepare the Freedoms Foundation campus for its World War II weekend planned for May 5-6. More than 200 re-enactors are expected to spend the weekend in the grove for the event sponsored by the Military Living History Association.
Above photo from the Friends of the Medal Of Honor Grove;
Top photo from Google Images