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Freedom is a Light

For Which Many Men Have Died in Darkness

 
 
Freedom is a Light Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
1. Freedom is a Light Monument
Monument consist of Statue of George Washington, Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier, and the Eternal Flame.
Inscription. 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.

“The independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint councils and joint efforts of common dangers, sufferings and success.” —Washington’s farewell address Sept. 17, 1796
 
Erected 1954 by Fairmount Park Commission.
 
Location. 39° 56.826′ N, 75° 9.163′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Walnut and 7th Streets. Click for map. Monument is in Washington Square Park. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Ayer Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Pennsylvania Bible Society (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tom Foglietta (about 300 feet away); Sorrow and Joy
George Washington image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 15, 2010
2. George Washington
"Copied from the original [marble] by [Jean Antoine] Houdon in the State Capital at Richmond by special permission of the General Assembly of Virginia." "Par Houdon Citroyen francais 1786. In memory of John McIlhenny."
(about 300 feet away); Linked in Memory (about 300 feet away); Congregation of the Dead (about 300 feet away); Penn's Plan (about 400 feet away); The Capital City (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
More about this marker. This monument is also known as the George Washington Sculpture and the Revolutionary War Memorial.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other Washington Square markers.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesHeroesMilitaryNotable PersonsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Eternal Flame image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
3. Eternal Flame
The Eternal Flame dedicated in 1976 by Continental Bank in memory of those who fought and gave their lives so that we might celebrate our 200th anniversary as a free people.
Tomb of Unknown Soldier image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
4. Tomb of Unknown Soldier
Beneath this stone rests a
soldier of Washington's Army
who died to give you liberty.
Monument, Flag Court and Fountain in Washington Square image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
5. Monument, Flag Court and Fountain in Washington Square
Tablet Set Into the Pavement in Front of Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 15, 2010
6. Tablet Set Into the Pavement in Front of Monument
This monument together with the Court of Flags, the Fountain and the Colonial Wall surrounding the Square were made possible by the generosity of many interested business firms and individual frieds of Washington Square. Dedicated June 28, 1957.”
Revolutionary War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 15, 2010
7. Revolutionary War Memorial
 
 
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