Sunday, March 29, 2015

Women of WW II


One of my favorite monuments in London has only been around for a few short years but it’s message seems to somehow resonate with me.  It is the Monument to the Women of World War II located on Whitehall.  The money to build the memorial was raised by a charitable trust along with the National Heritage Memorial Fund.  I love the simplicity of the monument which stands 22 feet high, 16 feet long and 6 feet wide.  There are 17 individual sets of clothing and uniforms around the sides of the monument symbolizing the hundreds of different jobs women worked during the war.  Most of those jobs were given up when the men returned home at the end of the war. 



The monument created by John W. Mills was unveiled on July 9, 2005 by Queen Elizabeth II as part of the 60th anniversary of the end of the war. 

7 comments:

llandudnopictures said...

Very striking.

William Kendall said...

Quite a bold monument. The simplicity works wonders.

EG CameraGirl said...

GREAT! Women played a very important part in keeping things running during the war!

RedPat said...

I like it a lot, Sharon!

Thérèse said...

Yes striking and it is nice to notice the man across the street to realize the size of this memorial which can only make us reflect on this period.

Catalyst said...

That's a great monument.

Halcyon said...

Wow! This definitely makes a statement, it would easily fit in with the many memorials we have here...