"Victory Memorial to the Soviet Army" (1985) - Uzvaras Park, Riga, Lativa
he Victory Monument is a memorial place dedicated to all the members of the anti-Nazi coalition: those who fought against Nazi-Germany in World War II.
The Monument has three parts. A column with stars on the top that represents each year that World War II was fought. There is also a statue of a woman who represents liberty, and also a grouping of three soldiers.
Flag poles where the flags of the former Soviet Republics flew can be seen in the background. They are not used today.
The 79- meter high monument to the soldiers of the Soviet Army - the monument of victory - was built in 1985. The obelisk is five-pronged, each one of which surmounted by a pentagonal star, symbolizing five years of Soviet fighting in World War II. The rays of the star form a spiral, symbolizing the inevitability of victory. On either side of the gray and pink granite obelisk are two groups of sculptures, symbolizing ‘Motherland’ and ‘War-liberators’.
'Motherland' - the initial intention was to place a child in the mother's arms, however, political censorship prohibited this as it was contended that any woman with a young child during the war would have been one of easy virtue as her husband would have been at the Front fighting.
These sub-machine-gun toting soldiers represent ‘liberators’.