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Washington Memorial Chapel In Valley Forge To Commemorate French Alliance

Special Service and VIP Reception To Be Held May 7

The Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge has come to stand for many things since its founding in 1903. But on Sunday, May 7 it will serve as the beacon of freedom as it, once again, celebrates its annual commemoration of the 1778 Treaty of Alliance between the United States and France during the American Revolution. As the single most important diplomatic success of the colonists during the War for Independence, the French Alliance will be recognized by the Chapel during a special religious service that begins at 2 PM. V.I.P. participants honored during the ceremony will include: Colonel Stanislas de Magnienville, representing the Embassy of France; Michael Scullin, the Honorary Consul of France in Philadelphia; Robert Donnelly representing the Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Color Guard of the Philadelphia Continental Chapter Sons of the American Revolution. Representatives of other patriotic organizations and members of the French community in the Philadelphia area will also be in attendance. The public is invited, though space is limited. Following the service, Col. de Magnienville, escorted by the Color Guard and with the aid of the representatives of the Pennsylvania State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Patriotic Order of Sons of America, will lay a wreath at the Waterman Monument in memory of the French and American soldiers who gave their lives during the American Revolution. Additionally, the Washington Memorial National Carillon will play French music of the 18th century following the ceremony.

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