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Angel Warriors

Field review by the editors.

Louisville, Kentucky

The grave monument of Richard Alan Herman Jr is one of the more enigmatic of the 136,000+ in Cave Hill Cemetery. Richard, who was 16 when he died, is depicted in bronze, dressed casual but stylish in a sweatshirt and loose-fitting trousers, holding a sword in an "on guard" stance, sporting a pair of angel wings.

Next to Richard stands a young woman, similarly armed and winged. You think it's his teenage sister, but it's not. It's his mom. And she's not yet deceased. Left-handed Lorri Heffner Herman wears boots and a peasant blouse with an open midriff, making her a rare angel in funereal art with a belly button.

A lengthy epitaph, titled "(God is Love)" includes the lines:

Is it any wonder to you
To see two angels here
We rest in peace with immortal love
Alive and well somewhere

Except, as noted, Lorri Heffner Herman isn't dead. Some accounts have her currently alive and well somewhere in Florida.

The statues of Richard and Lori are impressively lifelike, yet their angel warrior wings are stylized, like cut-outs for a Halloween costume, not the muscled, feathery masses usually portrayed for heavenly flight.

The entire monument, one of the most visually striking in the entire cemetery, which seems designed to be seen, is hidden from view behind a hedge.

Also see: Cave Hill Cemetery

Angel Warriors

Cave Hill Cemetery

701 Baxter Ave., Louisville, KY
From the Cave Hill Cemetery main entrance, at the corner of Baxter Ave. and E. Broadway, follow the road with the solid line into the cemetery for a little over a mile. When the lined road veers sharply left, continue straight into Sections 38/39. Drive another third of a mile. After the road loops completely around to left, park at the side of the road and walk into the graveyard on the left. The Angel Warriors tombstone is hidden from view behind a tall bush, facing away from the road.
Daily 8-4:45. Gated after hours. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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