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Memorial Architecture

Each man makes his own statue, builds himself.

—Edward Young (1683–1765)

From prehistoric petroglyphs, pictographs, and mysteriously carved stone monuments to small white crosses and bouquets of flowers marking recent highway tragedies, the message is frequently the same. People in all cultures want to remember those they loved, especially when their loved ones have died suddenly in traumatic, extraordinary, or heroic ways. In addition, people want to remember crucial moments in time—those dramatic events that have shaped history, culture, politics, and social interaction. People also want to be remembered; they want to be linked to those who loved them in their own time and with people in future generations who might walk in their footsteps. Some, like the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, went to extraordinary lengths to ...

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