She stands on the high parapet, looking down at the stone sarcophagus of the war dead found at its base. Before her stretches the battlefield of 1917. She is facing east, where each new day dawns.
She is designed to evoke the Mater Dolorosa, the grieving mother of Michaelangelo's Pieta.
My father's namesake, Charles Walker, was mortally wounded at Vimy Ridge and died about a month after the battle. He is the only connection my family has to the Great War. I have written about him before (here and here) if you want to read his story.
[Photos borrowed from various sources on the internet.]
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