It has already been in the works for almost two decades, but the county will likely have to wait a few more years before it sees its memorial to the Revolutionary War erected in Courthouse Square.
The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to grant The Patriot Projects’ request for a deadline extension until July 2016. The previous deadline was July 2013.
According to the county, 2012 was a successful fundraising year for the project and similar progress is anticipated through 2013. However, the extension will grant the Patriot Project Board of Directors and its advisory committee time to complete all needed fundraising and begin construction. Patriot Project organizers have remained committed to funding the entire project, estimated to cost $320,000, through private donations, but that process has taken longer than originally anticipated.
The impetus for the project began in 1994, when members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the America Revolution wanted to honor Loudouners who fought in the Revolutionary War, but found no memorial among the other war memorials on the county courthouse grounds. The Patriot Project Committee was formed and headed by Larry Moison, who died in early 2012.
The committee first approached the Board of Supervisors in 2000 with its proposal to build a memorial, and in 2008 a location was designated for the statue.
From 2004 to 2010, the Patriot Project established a formal organization by appointing a board of directors, soliciting proposals for design of a statue, providing public input related to the design options, conducting community outreach to the public and limited fundraising. Then, from 2010 to 2011, the Patriot Project reorganized to develop strategies to expand public awareness of the project and its fundraising efforts. Following Moison’s death, new president James Christian established the goal of completing all fundraising for the project by March 2014. In addition, an advisory committee was formed to assist the board with community outreach and fundraising.
Once enough money is raised, the memorial will be constructed based on the design by Jay Hall Carpenter, which depicts a father and his family as he prepares to leave to fight.