Leesburg’s 28th annual Independence Day parade featured more than 65 entries this year. Members of the Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club judged the Beckley-Neher family’s float, “Sea to Shining Sea,” as Best in Show.
As first-year parade participants, the Leesburg family was thrilled to win. They were awarded the 11th annual Patriot Cup following the parade. The Patriot Cup competition is sponsored by Loudoun Now.
“We truly love everything about living here, and we thought the parade was a fun way to be part of the community,” said Jean Ann Beckley, adding that the parade coincided with their recurring summer reunion with the Neher family from Boulder, Colorado.
Inspired by the patriotic song “America the Beautiful,” the float was a nod to the many places the family has lived and celebrated Independence Day over the past 25 years.
“Paired with our love of boating, it was a natural theme with ‘all hands on deck’ to put it together,” Beckley said.
Mayor Kelly Burk presented the trophy to the Beckley-Neher family, which will be engraved with their names and placed on display at the Leesburg Town Hall. The family will be presented with a formal certificate of recognition during the Aug. 14 Town Council meeting.