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Valley Forge National Historical Park hosts Family Day Friday to mark Pope Francis’ visit

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To welcome residents and visitors from across the globe during the 2015 World Meeting of Families and Papal visit in Philadelphia, the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board and Valley Forge National Historical Park will host a “Family Day” for visitors and locals alike on the eve of Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia and Montgomery County. During the opening ceremony  a framed papal scroll which establishes and dedicates the annual Valley Forge Food Drive in the name of Pope Francis will be unveiled.

Opening ceremony and unveiling of papal scroll are set for 2 p.m., Valley Forge Family Day continues until 5 p.m.

Valley Forge Family Day will feature games and activities for all ages, including a chance to: meet General Washington and join the Continental Army; learn more about the Park at one of the Natural Resources Stations; listen to entertaining and historical stories on the Storytelling Benches; participate in a ranger-led walk around the Park; watch a film presentation of Valley Forge: A Winter Encampment; and take a Trolley Tour (available for a fee). Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs will also be available for purchase.

Youngsters learn about the Continental Army at Valley Forge National Historic Park. Submitted photo

Youngsters learn about the Continental Army at Valley Forge National Historic Park.
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A multi-faith choir will perform patriotic songs, under the baton of Ross Boerner, artistic director and conductor of the Norristown Chorale.

After unveiling the commemorative document during Family Day, the Board plans to deliver the scroll to the Holy Father.

Valley Forge National Historical Park is at 1400 N. Outer Line Drive in King of Prussia.

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