What? No Patriot Spy? Not this week. Seriously, I decided to use this blog to give a shout out to the Loudoun County Virginia's Patriot Project. Loudoun County is a pivotal county in the 2012 presidential election. Many pundits say that as Loudoun County goes, so goes Virginia. And as Virginia goes, so goes the presidential election.
|John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun|
|Col. George Washington in the |
French and Indian War
In colonial times, Loudoun County was the gateway to the west. It received many settlers from eastern Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Among them came Germans, Irish, and Scots-Irish. English settlers also moved west from the coastal areas to establish tobacco farms, but in the main, it was a county of yeoman farmers, not rich plantations. And it was certainly that yeoman farmer tradition and culture that made Loudoun a key contributor to the war effort.
Back to The Patriot Project. The purpose of the project is to raise funds to erect a bronze statue depicting a family of participants in the Revolutionary War. The monument will also have bronze plaques on it base narrating the story of Loudoun in the revolution. The monument will stand in the courthouse complex in downtown Leesburg, Virginia, where there are monuments to the fallen of Loudoun County in all the wars from the Civil War to Iraq and Afghanistan. The project is obviously seeking contributors. Their plan is aimed at residents of the county but since this county, this year, seems to represent the entire nation, contributions from across the country seem in order.
The Patriot Monument