Patriot Project half way to being fully funded
Elected officials, veterans sponsors and members of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution met at Tuscarora Mill Restaurant Nov. 15 for a breakfast and Patriot Project update.
The Patriot Project is a project started in 1999 by an informal committee composed of SAR members and DAR members, as well as other citizens, who wished to place a memorial on the Loudoun County Courthouse lawn commemorating early patriots who fought during the Revolutionary War.
In 2002, the Loudoun Revolutionary War Memorial Committee was formed and later that year a site was designated on the courthouse grounds.
According to the LRWMC members, approximately half of the $325,000 needed to build the memorial has been raised.
The late Larry Moisin, who died earlier this year, was the lead on the project for the last decade of his life.
Elizabeth Hughes, Moisin’s daughter, spoke at the event and reminded everyone how much this project meant to her father.
“My father grew up in the historic state of Massachusetts around Lexington and Concord. In our house, he taught us to love our country and we were encouraged to understand and appreciate how our country was founded,” Hughes said. “This project had been my dad’s life for the last 10 years and he felt passionately about this war and he felt passionate about the individuals and how they made this country strong and unique.”
The memorial has already been designed to represent the Loudoun farmers who left their jobs and families behind to fight the war.
It will contain three figures on the statue, a male farmer going off to war while accompanied by his wife and small son.
Judith Lindsay, a project executive committee member, explained the meaning behind the figures in the sculpture.
“This statue is unique. It is of a Loudoun County farmer called to muster during the Revolutionary War. The county had more than 1,700 men serve in the militia during the war and that is more than any other county in the colony of Virginia,” Lindsay said. “With an expression of determination he must make the transition from farmer to soldier. His wife looks downcast and with her arm around his shoulder, she holds the Virginia Dogwood.
“The proud young boy walking next to his father holds his father’s bed roll, power horn and water canteen,” Lindsay said. “The boy’s cornered hat is the only evidence of the familiar uniform worn during the war.”
Virginia Dels. Joe May (R-33rd District) and Randy Minchew (R-10th District) were present at the event.
Minchew shared a story he heard at a Virginia Historical group meeting in Leesburg.
“I learned that the Declaration of Independence was read on the steps of the old courthouse and the site of that reading was a little bit to the north and a little bit to the east of the current courthouse,” Minchew said. “It dawned on me the location chosen for this great piece of statuary is right where the Declaration was read in August 1776.
“This project in many ways is a reflection of those ideas, toils and works that not only took the lives of many Loudoun citizens, but gave us all the birthright we have today,” Minchew said.
The artist picked to sculpt the statue will be J. Hall Carpenter, a native of the D.C. metro area and graduate of St. Albans School. He has produced 500 pieces of art in his career for the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
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