I love this memorial. It makes me sad…and it inspires me.
While I’ve previously researched it for my own purposes and have more than likely read about it here on GMG, when questioned about it the other day, I was at a bit of a loss for information. So, I was happy to come home, look through my photos, and brush up a little.
I actually like to refer to the statue as “them” …because that’s what I see. While clearly it is a statue…I just see the family…a them. Pained, proud, haunted, hopeful, wonderful, worried, scared, strong, certain, uncertain….and much more. They are really beyond beautiful.
Please visit the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association here to read about the great work that they do, the Memorial, and more. Below is a bit of what they include about the memorial.
On August 5, 2001, the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association (GFWA) dedicated a monument to honor the women who have been – and are – the soul of fishing communities.
As Angela Sanfilippo, GFWA president, so eloquently said at the dedication ceremony:
“The memorial serves as a testimonial to what wives, mothers, sisters, and children of fishermen of the world have endured because their men chose to be on the water. They had no choice but to stand on rock, to be on land.”
Envisioned by the wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters of Gloucester fishermen, the memorial honors not only the faith, diligence, and fortitude of the wives of fishermen and mariners everywhere but also honors all women for their unselfish contribution to the well being of their families and their communities.