Loyalty - Soldiers Memorial - St. Louis, MO
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N 38° 37.751 W 090° 11.994
15S E 743747 N 4279347
The Equestrian figure, titled "Loyalty" stands on the north side of the Soldiers' Memorial Military Museum in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.
Waymark Code: WM17YJN
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 04/22/2023
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Geo Ferret
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County of statue: St. Louis Independent City
Location of statue: Pine St. between 14th & 13th Sts, St. Louis
Sculptor: Walker Hancock
Date Placed: 1939

Marker Text:


Loyalty holds his sword upside-down, openly offering his weapon and his allegiance. He represents loyalty to country to comrades and leadership, and to family.

Within Soldiers Memorial, You'll see how loyalty shapes and defines the reasons people serve in the military. You'll also find out what loyalty means to service members and their families.

Four monumental sculptures by St. Louisan Walker Hancock flank the entrances to Soldiers Memorial. Each represents an essential quality of service members and their families: courage, loyalty, sacrifice, and vision.

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History of Mark:
"Commissioned by the Plaza Commission, made up of seven architectural and two engineering firms. Funded by a municipal-improvements bond issue passed by the City of St. Louis, with additional funds from the Public Works Administration and the Federal Art Project. The architects of the Soldiers' Memorial envisioned four equestrian groups, each eighteen feet high, for each of the two entrance stairways. Leo Friedlander originally won the commission, but later complained that the predetermined scheme was too complex. Walker Hancock then assumed the commission, reducing the number of figures in each sculpture, as well as the height of each sculpture. Total cost for all four sculptures: $34,775." ~ Smithsonian American Art Museum [link above]

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