The Virginia War Memorial, which pays tribute to Virginia Veterans who have given their lives for their country, is one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Richmond; and features one of the best views of the James River to be found.

The memorial is fronted by Leo Friedlander's stunning, 23-foot tall sculpture Memory which was carved out of 100,000 pounds of white marble and is housed in walls with the names of the lost carved in memoriam.

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The space is perfect for remembrance, reflection and education. A recent acquisition, Thomas Allan's 5,000 piece collection of toy soldiers, hopes to educate young and old. Allan, a collector in childhood, rekindled his love of toy soldiers in 1990's.

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Make no mistake, these are not toys. Allan's collection is valued at something close to half a million dollars and features historically accurate recreations of battles, clothing and equipment.

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Visitors can see how these intricate figures come to life Nov. 22 at the memorial. Allan, and collectors from the region, will be on hand painting figures, building dioramas and answering questions about this unique hobby.