War Memorial Sculptures from Around the World

by Brock Tebbutt

War memorial custom sculpture works can be found all over the world to remember the brave individuals who died during these trying and violent times. Although it can trigger a lot of sad memories, they also make people reflect on the numerous sacrifices that were made during the time and how important peace and freedom are.

Here is a list of some of the most moving war memorial sculpture that you can find from around the world.

US Marine Corps War Memorial

Virginia, USA

This is probably one of the most famous war memorials inspired by a photograph of Joe Rosenthal that captured five Marines and a Navy corpsman who were raising the American flag on top of Mt. Suribachi during the invasion of Iwo Juma in 1945. The photograph was immortalized into a huge bronze sculpture by artist Felix de Weldon. You can find similar monuments to it in the Marine Corps base in South Carolina, a marine academy in Texas, and a naval war college in Rhode Island.

Motherland Calls

Volgograd, Russia

Motherland Calls features a shapely woman whose arms and sword are extended as if leading an army towards victory. This war memorial was installed to honor those who participated in the Battle of Stalingrad. It was once considered as the world’s biggest statue, standing twice as tall as Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio. Although it is no longer the world’s tallest statue, it is the largest statue of a woman.

Monument to the Women of WWII

London, England

This is a British national war memorial that was unveiled in 2005 to recognize the role of women during WWII. The memorial features different clothing that represents these important roles from nurses to factory workers. The font used in the monument is the same as the font being used on the ration books during WWII.

Shoes on the Danube Bank

Budapest, Hungary

This is a war memorial that represents the place where Hungarian Jews were told to leave their shoes on the banks of the Danube River as they were forced to go into the water before they were shot. The sculpture was unveiled in 2005 featuring numerous iron shoes spread out in the east bank of the Danube River.

Memorial to the Victims of Communism

Prague, Czech Republic

This is a memorial dedicated to the victims of the communist era of the Czech Republic from 1948 to 1989. The sculpture is an optical illusion that fools the viewer to think that it is decayed. The memorial features seven bronze figures, all male and naked, who are descending on a staircase with looks of suffering on their faces. Each figure in the line is missing a part of the body except for the first figure. The last figure in the monument is just a pair of feet.

Every time you encounter a war memorial, take some time to pause and thank those who have sacrificed their lives so that you can enjoy different freedoms like human rights, elections, a fair judiciary, and many more. Pray that war will never happen again in your country and cherish the freedom that you have now.

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