Memorial

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For the society, see Memorial (society). For other uses, see Memorial (disambiguation).
A wall-mounted memorial to Mary Carpenter in Bristol Cathedral with an example of a signed and dated maker's mark by monumental mason J. Havard of London
An example of a lightbox used as a memorial

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.

Types[edit]

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.

Online memorials and tributes are becoming increasingly popular especially with the increase in natural burial where the laying of gravestones, or memorial plaques, is often not permitted.[1]

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.[2] Those temporary or makeshift memorials are also called grassroots memorials.[3]

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[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What memorials are there?". 
  2. ^ "Commemorative trees". National Trust. Issued: 03/97, Revised: 09/01. Retrieved 4 December 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Grassroots Memorials: The Politics of Memorializing Traumatic Death, eds Peter Jan Margry and Cristina Sánchez-Carretero (New York: Berghahn, 2011)

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