“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
Prime Minister Winston Churchill
An elderly gentleman was very knowledgeable about the sculpture and the war when I was there, and a small group gathered around him to listen. The sculpture was built on a structure that was already in place, a smoke vent for the underground trains when they were steam powered. It is 25 meters long and has a space to walk through the center.
At the center of this panel, airmen seem to leap out of the sculpture. Below, the Observer Corps watches for enemy planes on the coast, and one of the animals that served is depicted.
Women are honored for the roles they played in the factories that built the planes, and they also flew new planes to destinations to hand them over to the male pilots.
St. Paul's stands in victory as this scene seems to bring together soldiers and civilians under the broken ruins of the buildings and the bodies they crushed. In the lone face at the center, I see the apprehension, the fear, the disbelief at the bombings.
I can't believe how expressive the eyes of these fliers are when cast in hard metal. That's the genius of this sculptor, Paul Day. The memorial was dedicated by Prince Charles in 2005 and stands on the Victoria Embankment along the Thames River in London.
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