Monday we celebrate Memorial Day in the United States.
Originally began as a day of remembrance for fallen Union soldiers from the Civil War, today it is a day to remember and honor all those who have died during military service fighting for our freedom and independence.
While thinking about Memorial Day I thought about European countries I’ve been in and their memorials to service men and women. This reminded me of Budapest and Heroes’ Square.
In the center of Heroes’ Square is the Millennium Monument. This grand monument depicts various historical elements of Hungary and honors those that lost their lives fighting for freedom and independence.
In the back and to each side are colonnades that form a semi-circle. Each is adorned with figures from Hungarian history. On the inner edges and opposite each other are statues depicting War and Peace.
Moving towards the front is a column with the Archangel Gabriel on top. Gabriel is holding the crown of Hungary’s first king, St. Stephen. At the base of the column are a group of mounted figures representing Magyar Chieftains who helped found Hungary.
At the front is an empty tomb that is dedicated to the heroes of Budapest who gave their lives fighting for freedom and independence.
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Maybe I’ll see you there.