Hundreds of people pass through Kennedy Plaza each day. As they rush through the plaza on their way to work or appointments they rush past the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, standing in the center of the plaza, right in front of City Hall.
Historically significant to the whole state, this monument was created with many special details, including an 11 foot tall sculpture of a woman on the top of the monument. Many who bustle by this figure may not realize this figure is symbolizes America, as she was at the end of the Civil War. In one hand she holds a wreath of laurels, a symbol of victory. In her other hand is a wreath of immortelle,a golden flower of healing. Atop her head, the crown of liberty.
The Soldiers and Sailors Monument is Kennedy Plaza was built after the Civil War ended by a Veterans group to memorialize the men who made the ultimate sacrifice out of a deep sense of duty, patriotism and the hope that their country would not be torn apart. The names of all those who died in the Civil War are listed on the 12 panels. Many of those soldiers were buried where they fell, this monument was built as their spiritual resting place. The place their family, friends and comrades could visit to pay their respects, all with the eyes of America looking down on them.
This sculpture of America symbolizes the country that could not be torn apart, while acknowledging the sacrifice of those soldiers who lost their lives preserving it. Next time you’re walking through Kennedy Plaza, stop at look up at this beautiful sculpture and take a moment to think about what she symbolizes.