A Tribute on Christmas

"Washington Crossing the Delaware," Emanuel Leutze, 1851

On Christmas Day 1776, Gen. George Washington and the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River in the face of a full-blown nor’easter. Landing on an icy riverbank not far from where I grew up, Washington and his ragtag troops marched south through the snow and sleet to rout the Hessian garrison at Trenton. This battle, and two subsequent ones at Trenton and Princeton, helped to save the faltering American Revolution. Seven long years later, the nation gained its Independence when the Treaty of Paris was signed.

The crossing is re-enacted each year, weather permitting, at the same spot where Washington and his men crossed some 236 years ago. I won’t be home to see it, but I wish to pay this tribute to Washington and the brave men who made the original crossing. We owe them a great debt of gratitude.

Merry Christmas to all. And a very happy holiday season.