The Society of the Cincinnati was founded in 1783 by the officers of the Revolutionary War to promote the principles for which they had fought. The society is named after Cincinnatus, a hero of the Roman Republic who refused rewards for serving his nation and returned to his plow after leading the armies of Rome to victory. For his great accomplishments in the Revolutionary War, George Washington was celebrated as the American Cincinnatus. He served as president of The Society of the Cincinnati from its inception in 1783 until his death in 1799. For the past 230 years, George Washington has been the organization’s greatest model of patriotic virtue, and this statue of him is prominently placed on the front lawn of the Society’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. (the statue is by renowned sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon and was made around 1800).
Today in 2013, The Society of the Cincinnati is the nation’s oldest patriotic organization, and its members are descendants of officers who fought in the Revolutionary War. Its present-day mission is to promote knowledge and appreciation of the achievement of American independence, and is devoted to the principles and ideals of its founders — the most prominent of which was George Washington, whom they call the American Cincinnatus.
Camera: Canon Rebel XTi 400D
(ISO: 200; SS: 1/8; AV: 8.0; Lens: 17-85mm)
This photograph is “as is” from the camera, there was no post processing.