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.