Tears of Sorrow, Tears of Joy

May 28, 2013


Here’s some action I came across last week. The Veteran’s Memorial, “Tears of Sorrow, Tears of Joy” was being installed on the bluff overlooking Mobile Bay in Henry George Park.

This memorial statue has been planned and in the works for several years now. Designed by Fairhope resident Sissy Scott Birendelli, it is a beautiful, moving tribute to our armed forces who protect our country on a daily basis.
You can see from the photo above, the spectacular location this monument will occupy. This is also where the Baldwin Pops hold their concerts. The view is facing west, so the colorful sunsets are also a big part of the overall view.
The park is also a favorite spot for outdoor weddings.
The photo isn’t very sharp, but the figures for the memorial were still on the trailers awaiting installment. This is the returning soldier, greeting his child.
This figure represents the mother/wife/sister/girlfriend of the fallen soldier. And even though she was still in her crate, it was a very emotional sight.
Holding the folded flag.
The name of each branch of the armed services will surround the memorial.
The official dedication will be on the traditional date of Memorial Day, this Thursday, May 30th at 6pm. Local author Winston Groom will speak and the final assembled sculpture will be unveiled.
If you are in the Fairhope area, I hope you can attend.
  • How fantastic! Your husband is very talented. I’ll be doing a story on the completed sculpture. Can’t wait to see it!


  • My former husband, Stephen Spears, is the local sculptor who created this monument. My son was the model for the little boy.

    The man is a fallen soldier who is giving the child a flag – in effect giving the child a future of freedom with his sacrifice.

    The symbolism in this piece is breathtaking. So glad it is finally going to be shared with the public!

  • That will be a lovely memorial! We need more of these around the country to remind people of all that has been sacrificed to gain and maintain our freedom.

  • The figure of the woman represents so many who have stood just like her. Sad indeed.

  • Oh, this is so touching. I’m sure it was a sight to see. Hope you had a nice Memorial Day!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

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