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Located a building or two east of the McMenamin's bar and restaurant along Vancouver's Riverfront Trail, a new steel sculpture has emerged as a memorial to the World War II ship yard workers.

One of the more interesting images in the statue features is a wooden laundry basket, as might be seen at the time in many locations, with a pile of clothing inside, and a welding helmet dropped on top of it.

Some of the emblems written into the statue are fairly obvious. For example, the house and the boat are the two working locations of the women who worked in the ship yards. The moviehoue is a considerably more obscure reference. The movie playing is "Mrs Miniver" which did in fact enter the market in 1942. The inspiration for the film, however, were a much more complete set of columns in The Times, starting in 1937. These were essentially about everyday life, though as World War II started, the war entered everyday life in a larger and larger way. Winston Churchill is quoted as saying when the book form collection of the column was released, it was worth six divisions of war effort.

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  • Updated Nov 26, 2008
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