Leesburg airport to receive historic marker

January 12, 2019 by  

The Daughters of the American Revolution will honor the Leesburg International Airport for the role it served during WWII.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) plans to unveil a historic marker at the Leesburg airport to document the role the airport played in WWII. The airport saw use as a training airfield and acted as a sub-base for repairs and maintenance during 1943 and 1944.

The Mary Ellen Robertson Chapter of the DAR will unveil the marker in a public ceremony next week. On hand at the event will be emcee Bob Peters, a veteran and TV personality from the Salute show on Lakefront TV. Also invited is a local teenager, Benjamin Mack-Jackson, who has worked tirelessly to document the stories of veterans for the Veterans History Project. The project is an undertaking by the American Folklife Center to collect and preserve first-hand accounts to enable future generations to understand the reality of war.

All veterans and members of the public are welcome to attend the event. Spectators can view and photograph the marker after the ceremony for their own keepsakes or printing services.

The unveiling will take place on Thursday, January 17 at 10:00 AM. The Leesburg International Airport is located at 8807 Airport Boulevard. Attendees to the event should use the Wilco Drive entrance.