On the morning of December 26, 1776, a small detachment of American Light Infantry, led by Lieutenant James Monroe, aged 19, breached the Hessian defenses at Trenton. This gallent action, in which Monroe was severely wounded, enabled the Continental Forces under George Washington to prevail. The American Revolution had begun its long march to victory at Yorktown, Virginia.
The patriotism, valor, and combat leadership of James Monroe exemplify character strengths of the citizen soldiers who fought to establish the nation and later served it as civilian leaders, which Monroe was to do as Statesman and President.
This "Living Legacy" dedicated April 22, 1989, in his honor by the Honorable John Warner, Unites States Senate; the Honerable John O. Marsh, Jr., Secretary of the Army; the Honorable Everett W. O'Neal, Westmoreland County Supervisors; Colonel Larry E. Gilman, Virginia National Guard; the Reverend Charles Keyser; and Mrs Virginia Sherman