A bronze sculpture honoring the late Leesburg icon Stanley Caulkins will be unveiled in a public ceremony on July 13.
Caulkins, owner of Caulkins Jewelers and a World War II veteran, passed away on Jan. 12, 2018 at 92. He is remembered as an integral member of the Leesburg community, having served on the Leesburg Town Council and helping to establish the Leesburg Executive Airport, where there is now a terminal carrying his name.
The sculpture will feature Caulkins’ likeness sitting on a bench, as well as several symbols of his life’s work and legacy, including a pocket watch, a miniature airplane and the emblems of the VFW and Rotary Club.
“Stanley would always make the time to sit and talk with people,” artist and Sunset Hills Vineyard co-owner Diane Canney told the Times-Mirror in April 2018. “Because he had done so much, I thought, why don’t we permanently recognize ... someone who was so full of humility.”
Canney came up with the idea for the memorial soon after Caulkins passed away. The artwork was commissioned to Lovettsville sculptor Jeffrey Hall, whose internationally-renowned work is featured at the National Cathedral, the U.S. Capitol Building and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in Aurora, Colorado.
The memorial unveiling will be hosted by Friends of Leesburg Public Arts and the Leesburg Commission on Public Art and will take place at 11 S. King St. in Leesburg — near the original location of Caulkins Jewelers — at 10 a.m. Saturday.
More information can be found at leesburgpublicarts.org.