Sunday, May 13, 2007

American Gold Star Mothers Memorial

Gold Star Mothers Memorial Statue
Veterans Park in Kent, New York

Sculptor Andrew Chernack chose a WWII Mother for the memorial, since WWII had the largest number of Gold Star Mothers. The statue is of a mother, tears flowing, looking off to memories of her child. Grief stricken and unsteady, she braces herself with one hand on a plant stand at her side. The hand grasps the Western Union telegram read with disbelief a moment before. The table top has a photo of a serviceman and a flower pot knocked to its side, teetering at the table's edge. Chernak’s design represents the dignity and strength that co-existed with the grief and sorrow.

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