Sunday, June 27, 2010

Yorktown Victory Monument

Today we headed over to Yorktown.  While driving around, we came across this monument.  We hadn't even heard of this monument before, so we felt quite lucky that we did happen upon it.  It was just gorgeous!
Some fun facts:
The concluding battle of the Revolutionary War ended October 19, 1781 in Yorktown, Virginia. General Cornwallis and his 7,157 men surrendered to General Washington. To commemorate the important Allied Victory over the British, the Continental Congress on October 29, 1781, authorized the Yorktown Victory Monument. Construction began a century later with completion in 1884.
 Lady Victory, a younger sister to the Statue of Liberty, exquisitely tops a slender pedestal of Maine granite. In 1956, replacement of the original figure of liberty, damaged by lightening, took place.
The shaft is 84 feet high and Liberty is 14 feet high.
 This is a monument that we are sure to remember!
Living the life in Historical Virginia!


Tonya @ Live the Adventure said...

Can't believe we missed this monument in Yorktown but then again, after the Jr. Ranger program at Yorktown battlefield, its a wonder my husband and I are still married!:) Long story but I'll just say the kids didn't do anymore jr. ranger programs in his presence for awhile.:) Loved your Dear Virginia letter. We were there one summer in a hotel room for a week that didn't have air. Well, it had it but it wasn't working properly and they failed to fix it on each visit that the maintenance man made to our room. It really was miserable. Thank God for air conditioning!:)