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The Memorial Park of Eternal Glory

Kyiv, Ukraine
The Memorial of Eternal Glory
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The Memorial of Eternal Glory

The Eternal flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier fallen in WWII, is one of Kiev's most recognised landmarks. In 1957 the Park of "Eternal Glory" was created where the Tomb of the Unknown soldier was erected which is a 27-meters monument out of granite obelisk.

The adoptive Soviet narrative of the monument has so far eluded the effects of Ukraine’s strict decommunization laws, since all WW II related monuments fall short of its scope. It is after all, a monument commemorating the struggle of Ukrainians against invaders, but it’s also very much a Red Army memorial. Therefore, it’s a space that divides public opinion in Kiev. But it's also a monument that commands attention, and perhaps can be received in a less politicised way: military monuments can be about how men die, and not necessarily about why.