War Veterans to be Honored at Two First Friday Events

Two programs will honor Loudoun’s war veterans at the Loudoun County courthouse during Leesburg’s First Friday tonight.

From 6 p.m to 7:30 p.m., Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens’ Historic Records and Deed Research Division will host “Honoring Loudoun’s Heroes,” an exhibition with displays from the Thomas Balch Library, Oatlands Plantation and Gardens, Loudoun Freedom Center, General George C. Marshall House and the American Legion.Records on display will include pension records from the War of 1812 and Mexican-American War, and a rare Revolutionary War pension application from an African-American soldier.

Then at 7:30, the three memorials of foreign wars on the Loudoun County courthouse lawn will be illuminated for the first time during a ceremony with the Loudoun County WarMemorialTrust Fund Committee.

The memorials honor veterans of both world wars, the Korean war, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan who were killed in action. Altogether there are 118 names on the memorials.

A test illumination of one of the war memorials on the Loudoun County courthouse lawn. [Loudoun County War Memorial Trust Fund Committee]

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