This day walking pass the reflection pool, staring ahead of me, The Lincoln Memorial from a distance was the size of the penny, getting closer where it was grander than anyone could ever imagine. Where so many have protested, shared, and even held hands of love listening to words of Martin Luther King Jr. means so much to American history. For everything this symbolizes for all of us who visit understand what it means to fight for something you're passionate about. This is the place to feel a man's Dream a reality for all. Please never forget to stay strong, and never give up. Hurdles are what makes us tough, and resilient. You will forever be enshrined.
The United States National Memorial Arch is probably the park's most recognizable symbol. Standing 60 feet high, the arch has stood tall above Valley Forge since it was dedicated in 1917.
When the idea for the arch was proposed in 1910, the plan originally called for two arches: one at each of the two entrances to the park. However, the plan was changed to a single arch, which was constructed at the intersection of Gulph Road and Outer Line Drive.
The arch is modeled after the victory arches of Ancient Rome and is a symbol of victory for the Americans over the British forces. Inscribed at the top of the arch is a quote from George Washington:
"Naked and starving as they are
We cannot enough admire
The incomparable Patience and Fidelity
of the Soldiery"