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Wainwright Merrill – An American Who Gave His Life for England

In the summer of 1998, I attended a leadership program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. While there, I was able to experience Cambridge life and explore the campus. The Harvard campus is rich in history, but of all of the sites, none is more moving to me than the Memorial Church that houses Harvard’s tribute to its World War 1 dead. In all, at least 11,319 Harvard men from the Classes ranging from 1887 to 1921, served in the war. Dedicated in 1932, Memorial Church features Malvina Hoffman’s recumbent statue, titled, “The Sacrifice.” In this sculpture a medieval knight lies on a funeral bier with his Harvard shield in hand, as a shrouded woman mourns his los

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