The memorial commemorates Kirkland, Washington's role in ship building during WWII.
Taken by Vern Bouwman on July 22, 2009
This replica of The Homecoming©
statue was dedicated on July 4, 2001. The statue overlooks Puget Sound
from its location in Marina Park. The Homecoming©
is dedicated to Navy families, and is Kirkland's
"heartwarming expression" of family unity. Kirkland is also called "the
outdoor statues" so The Homecoming©
is also a participant of the city's artistic expression. In the photo
above you can see an art festival was going on as the photo was taken.
The original Homecoming© statue stands on
the Quarterdeck of
Foundation's NavalHeritage Center.
The city of Kirkland survived harsh economic times by building many ships at Houghton. Many workers labored in the Lake Washington Shipyards to build ships for Ferry's, Research, Net Laying, Sea Plane Tender, and Torpedo Boat Tender.
Hand-finished replicas of
the Stanley Bleifeld work can be purchased at. http://lonesailorshipstore.stores.yahoo.net/usnmfstatues.html