PEACE - George C. Marshall - 1953 - Leesburg, Virginia
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 39° 06.792 W 077° 33.612
18S E 278646 N 4332459
Quick Description: Statue of George C. Marshall, 1953 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Marshall plan for the recovery and reconstruction of post war Europe near his former home in Leesburg, Virginia.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 11/17/2013 5:20:24 PM
Waymark Code: WMJGXN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:

The statue of George C. Marshall is him life wearing a civilian business suit. He is holding a book in his hand. The bronze statue by Rosario R. Fiore was originally located and dedicated at the Loudoun County Courthouse on December 6, 1980. It was moved to George C. Marshall's former home and rededicated November 11, 2007.

In front of the statue are two plaques inscribed:

George Catlett Marshall

Born Union Town, Pennsylvania, educated at Virginia Military Institute, class of 1901, serving in the United States Army thereafter, resident of Leesburg, Virginia, 1941 to 1959. During this time he served his country as U.S. Army Chief of Staff with rank of General of the Armies, Secretary of State, President of the American Red Cross, and Secretary of Defense. Recipient of the 1953 Nobel Peace Prize. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Leesburg, St. James Episcopal Church, and the Catoctin Farmer's Club. He and his family lived at Dodona Manor, a historic residence at the eastern entrance to Leesburg.

Soldier, statesman, patriot and chivalrous gentleman, George Marshall in high public service exemplifies the noble tradition of a great school. We all share the pride which his alma mater feels...
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

To him more than any other individual, the United States and the free world owes its future. His place is at the head of the commanders of history.
-Harry S. Truman

He is a patriot, a distinguished soldier, and the most selfless public servant I have ever met.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

He has always fought victoriously against defeatism, discouragement and disillusion. Succeeding generations must not be allowed to forget his achievements and his example.
-Winston S. Churchill.

From Wikipedia:

George Catlett Marshall, Jr. GCB (December 31, 1880 – October 16, 1959), was an American military leader, Chief of Staff of the Army, Secretary of State, and the third Secretary of Defense. Once noted as the "organizer of victory" by Winston Churchill for his leadership of the Allied victory in World War II, Marshall served as the United States Army Chief of Staff during the war and as the chief military adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Marshall's name was given to the Marshall Plan, subsequent to a commencement address he presented as Secretary of State at Harvard University in the spring of 1947. The speech broadly outlined for Europeans to create their own plan for rebuilding Europe after WWII, funded by the United States. Marshall received the Nobel Peace Prize for the plan in 1953.

Field of Accomplishment: Peace

Year of Award: 1953

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