A memorial is an object which serves as a focus for memory of something, usually a person (who has died) or an event. Popular forms of memorials include landmark objects or art objects such as sculptures, statues or fountains, and even entire parks.
The most common type of memorial is the gravestone or the memorial plaque. Also common are war memorials commemorating those who have died in wars. Memorials in the form of a cross are called intending crosses.
When somebody has died, the family may request that a memorial gift (usually money) be given to a designated charity, or that a tree be planted in memory of the person. Those temporary or makeshift memorials are also called grassroots memorials.
Sometimes, when a high school student has died, the memorials are placed in the form of a scholarship, to be awarded to high-achieving students in future years.
Examples of notable memorials
- Bell Telephone Memorial
- Ghost bike
- Historical marker
- List of memorials
- Memorial bench
- National memorial
- National monument
- Roadside memorial
- War memorial
- Culture of Remembrance
- "What memorials are there?".
- "Commemorative trees". National Trust. Issued: 03/97, Revised: 09/01. Retrieved 4 December 2010. Check date values in:
- Grassroots Memorials: The Politics of Memorializing Traumatic Death, eds Peter Jan Margry and Cristina Sánchez-Carretero (New York: Berghahn, 2011)
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