Lady Victory rises over NJ’s WWII memorial
By Tom Baldwin
Published: November 03, 2008 1:27 pm
Asbury Park Press
Cameras are clicking, hard hats are tugging lines, men in legion hats and military attire are mingling — and Lady Victory is rising today over New Jersey’s World War II Memorial.
“It takes time. There are no hitches,” said sculptor Jay Warren as he helped to guide his bronze, 12-foot-high statue of a female warrior wielding a sword in her left hand and a raised olive wreath in her right.
The work began at 7 a.m. as men in construction hats uncrated the statue. By noon, quiet fell over the crowd on West State Street, across from the Statehouse, as the Neshaminy Constructors mobile crane began slowly hoisting the artwork, weighing just under two tons.
Warren, a former resident of Hamilton Township in Mercer County, said the job of erecting the statue at the center of the memorial would take some time.
Two other of his works — the “Lonely Soldier” and “Battlefield Marker” — are to be uncrated and erected today.
New Jersey has a Vietnam War Memorial in Holmdel and a Korean War Memorial in Atlantic City, but it has heretofore not had a state WWII memorial.
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