Re-enactment of Delaware River crossing drew hundreds of visitors on the banks of the Delaware River on Friday.
With a comfortable 65 degrees outside, the weather conditions were far from those of the historic crossing during the Revolutionary War. Nonetheless, the 63rd re-enactment drew large crowds eager to witness an important moment of the American history.
George Washington was seen pondering his options while on the green bank of the Pennsylvania border. With men and women flanking him while tightly holding their bayonets, the convoy set in motion after George Washington’s encouraging speech.
With the fuzzy fog floating above the water of the Delaware River, the onlookers moved around to catch every glimpse of the 63rd re-enactment. The re-enactment f Delaware River crossing drew hundreds of visitors. Families with babies in their carriages, youngsters and the elderly liked revelled in the historical scene.
Though the cruel snows and blizzards that made George Washington’s and his troops’ crossing so difficult were nowhere to be seen, the 63rd re-enactment was a successful depiction of the historical scene.
It took weeks for the actors to prepare for the scene recalling the 1776 Delaware River crossing by George Washington and his troops. Thus, the weather conditions were of no importance neither to them, nor to the excited onlookers. John Godzieba, skillfully playing George Washington began:
“I asked you a few days ago to stay with me and finish our work. It will not be an easy march”.
Washington’s troops rushed to the boats anchored to the shore. Boat by boat, they each made their way through the waters. On the other bank, cheers met the troops and their leader, George Washington.
The re-enactment of the Delaware River crossing draws ever larger crowds each year. It may be due to the warm weather, but this year seemed to draw a record number of visitors. Both New Jersey visitors and Pennsylvania visitors come over on Christmas Day for the yearly re-enactment.
The organizers of the event, members of the Friends of Washington Crossing Park are happy they have the opportunity to do this yearly. In 2009, a financial obstacle was barely missed. In other years, the harsh weather conditions made it increasingly difficult for people to attend. Nonetheless, the re-enactments continue to be played year by year, enjoying great support.
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