Since its Veterans’ Day unveiling at the Loudoun County Courthouse, “The Spirit of Loudoun” patriot statue has become a poignant reminder of what it was like for local farmers to leave their land and families and go to war in defense of the fledgling nation in 1776.
During the past several months, the Patriot Project Committee worked to put the finishing touches on sculptor Jay Hall Carpenter’s statue, including a ring
of bricks engraved with the names of Loudoun individuals and groups recognized for their service. They include ancestors who fought in American wars—including that first one—military veterans, and anyone who typifies the idea of “patriot,” according to Patriot Project Vice President Teresa McCarthy.
But the committee’s work is not quite over. The organization has agreed to continue the brick project through the end of May, to allow more names to be recorded.
“It’s really about service,” McCarthy said, encouraging anyone who would like to buy a $100 patriot brick to honor or commemorate people who give to their country, either through the military or as a civic endeavor. Bricks may be purchased by individuals, businesses or civic groups. For instance, McCarthy said, the Ruritans have taken a brick honoring American patriots.
The project website, thepatriotproject.org, will close on June 1.
“This will be the last chance,” McCarthy said. Donors can print off the donation form to mail or purchase a memorial brick through PayPal.
In all, there will be 200 engraved bricks placed among the 5,000 bricks
surrounding the statue. Almost 100 have already been placed.
Historian Don Cooper has arranged the donor bricks in groupings—Loudoun patriots, Virginia patriots, husbands who served in the military or businesses wanting to honor individuals.
For more information, call Patriot Project President Jim Christian at 540-338-4543 or McCarthy at 703-777-8099.