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Cape Girardeau, Missouri

From Tribulation to Glorious Victory

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THE IMAGES AND TEXT DEPICTED HERE TELLS THE DRAMATIC STRUGGLE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, A WORLD TRANSFORMING EVENT.
AS AMERICANS, WE SHOULD NEVER FORGET THE SACRIFICES MADE BY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS AND ALL THOSE WHO FOUGHT FOR OUR INDEPENDENCE DURING THIS CRUCIAL PERIOD OF OUR NATIONS YOUNG HISTORY.
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Washington Crossing the Deleware

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Surrender at Yorktown

WASHINGTONS PRICELESS CHRISTMAS GIFT

As Christmas approaches each year I recall another December long ago; a dark and uncertain time in our Nations young history.

As a child I was taught the story of Washington's crossing. As an adult, I believe this historic event is a memory to be treasured and repeated every Christmas season as we reflect on the hard-won freedoms granted to us by the Father of our Nation.

In July 1776, the Continental Congress issued the Declaration of Independence.

During the summer of 1776, the British, after evacuating Boston the previous winter, arrived in New York Harbor with a force of 100 ships containing 23,000 British troops and 10,000 Germans. At the time, this was the largest invasion ever landed by a European force.

As the “superpower” nation of it’s day, the British, commanded by General William Howe, repeatedly defeated the Continental army under George Washington. The Americans were first driven from Brooklyn, then dislodged from the rest of Long Island, and finally from Manhattan.

But the New York disaster did not end there. The British also seized most of New Jersey and Rhode Island. And, by December, Howe had driven Washington’s army southward towards the Delaware River. There was outright panic in Philadelphia.

Washington had now lost most of his original army of 20,000 which now reduced to less than 4,000 troops. Racked by disease, desertion, and lack of provisions, Washington’s beleaguered remnant army, still in their summer clothing, was hounded across the Delaware River.

Desperation and despair spread throughout the colonies. General Washington now faced the unthinkable as he faced the lowest point in the Revolutionary War. Only six months after the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution was all but lost. The bitter struggle for liberty seemed headed for certain failure.

Now camped in the bitter cold and snow of Pennsylvania, Washington’s army huddled together on the west bank of the Delaware River. And, with enlistment’s scheduled to end shortly, Washington decided on a momentous final gamble.

Ignoring all advice to the contrary, he made a decision considered to be one of the boldest in military history. This was a moment of raw courage and spiritual splendor, perhaps never equaled again. George Washington saw his opportunity and he seized upon it.

On Christmas night, 1776, Washington ordered his army to cross the nearly impassable ice-choked Delaware River. Then, the next morning, he led an audacious surprise attack against a garrison of battle-hardened Hessian mercenaries at Trenton, New Jersey, who in earlier battles, had struck terror into the hearts of his men.

The outcome was a momentous and stunning victory for the American cause. General Washington had challenged, defeated, and took captive an entire brigade of the world’s most famous mercenaries. And, incredibly, not a single American soldier was lost in battle.

This astounding event became a pivotal moment in the War for Independence that was forever etched in the history of the United States. Washington’s stunning victory saved the faltering American Revolution and gave it new meaning. Many believed the triumph was a sign of God’s Redeeming Providence and a proof that the Continental Army was His instrument.

And this single engagement became the defining moment of George Washington's career, making him the undisputed Commander-In-Chief of our young Nation. The victory was an amazing testament to his courage and leadership, enshrining him firmly in the annals of history and endearing him in the memories of Americans for all time.

Today,well over 200 years have passed since that Christmas night when Washington and his ragged little army crossed the ice-choked Delaware River. And since then, our Nation has been blessed by other countless generations of men and women who stepped boldly forward to defend liberty when all seemed lost.

We should never forget General Washington’s legendary victory on that long ago, bitter cold day. His stunning military achievement saved the Continental Army from extinction and sent a thrill of joy and hope through the despondent heart of the colonies, raising the American people from the depths of despair to the heights of jubilation.

And so it was there, in the sleet and snow of December 26, 1776, at Trenton, New Jersey, that George Washington bestowed upon each of us his priceless and enduring Christmas gift;

A magnificent, history-changing triumph that ultimately gave birth to the United States of America.

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Robert E. Bunn is a Past Commander of Louis K. Juden American Legion Post 63, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

These are the remarks he made at the December 15, 2004, annual American Legion Post 63 Christmas dinner, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

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Concord Hymn

~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

Sung at the completion of the monument on April 19, 1836

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set today a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.