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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War

Posted on Saturday, August 4, 2018

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War lies within Washington Square, one of the five public parks drawn up by William Penn in his 1682 blueprint for Philadelphia. In 1954, the Washington Square Planning Committee decided to erect a memorial that honored both George Washington and an unknown soldier from the Revolutionary War.

Inscribed on the memorial are the following quotes:

  • "Freedom is a light for which many men have died in darkness"
  • "The independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint councils and joint efforts of common dangers, suffering and success" (President George Washington's Farewell Address, September 17, 1796)
  • "In unmarked graves within this square lie thousands of unknown soldiers of Washington's Army who died of wounds and sickness during the Revolutionary War."

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War
217-231 Wwest Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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