As the name suggests, a memorial is meant to memorialize a departed loved one. In earlier times, memorials were particularly used for eminent personalities as a tribute to honor their legendry deeds and contribution to the society. They were usually in the form of gravestones, monuments, fountains, or even parks.
There are also memorials for historic events. The Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, Fallen Astronaut, National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Laboe Naval Memorial, Elvis Presley’s Graceland, West Hartlepool War Memorial, Strawberry Fields, Egyptian Pyramids, and Taj Mahal are some of the most popular memorials in the world.
“Mourning is one of the most profound human experiences that it is possible to have… The deep capacity to weep for the loss of a loved one and to continue to treasure the memory of that loss is one of our noblest human traits.”