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11th Annual Patriot Cup Awarded to Beckley-Neher Family

The float was inspired by the patriotic song “America the Beautiful” and the family’s love of boating.

Post Date:07/11/2018 11:13 AM
Leesburg, VA (July 11, 2018) – The 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. Patriot Cup Winner 2018

“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 certificate of recognition during the August 14 Town Council meeting. The Patriot Cup competition is sponsored by Loudoun Now newspaper. 

Media Contact:
Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer 

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