Mátyás Horváth, President of the Vácrátót Traditional and Village Conservation Association, noted that “Vácrátót actually has no monument to the heroes of World Wars I and II, so the leadership of the village would like to commemorate them in this way.” This monument was dedicated in October, 2014 and is in the largest botanical garden in Hungary, a popular destination only 30km or so north of Budapest.

The carved image depicts the missing soldier and the suffering family, shown in traditional costumes. The tree, with it’s budding shoots, suggests rebirth after devastation.

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