Monument "Sorrowful Mother" in Zaporozhye was opened in 1975. The author of this project was the famous Soviet sculptor Vladimir Dubinin.
The memorial is dedicated to the memory of dead soldiers and officers of the Soviet Army, who died during World War II. In a common grave at the foot of the monument there are buried more than half of thousands of Soviet soldiers, who sacrificed their lives to protect the Soviet people against Nazi invaders.
The memorial was named in honor of mothers, who did not manage to wait for their husbands and sons from the war. The eternal flame, which has burned for more than 30 years near the monument, is a constant reminder to the youth about the great deed of the Soviet soldiers. Some historians argue that the sculpture "Mourning Mother" is more like a picture of bride, rather than the mother. But their opinion is subjective and is not supported by any citizen of Zaporozhye, or the authorities of this city.
Since the opening of the monument and up to date the citizens of Zaporozhye have had a tradition to lay flowers and wreaths at the foot of the monument every year. Near the memorial there are almost annually held the solemn requiem meetings with the participation of veterans who defended Zaporozhye.
The sculpture "Sorrowful Mother" depicts a woman, the whole image of which reflects the enormous suffering of ordinary human, who won’t wait his loved ones from the war. The height of the monument is about 2.5 meters, and the memorial complex is located in a small park named after V.Y. Klimov.