Unique Memorials From Around the World

By: Greg Hurd
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

There are hundreds of beautiful and unique memorials set up all around the world to memorialize historical moments or influential people. It is difficult to summarize some of the most haunting, yet beautiful memorials erected across the world. However, in this article we will take a look at four very unique memorials that hold huge importance for history and the people of its area. Memorials are places that are set up to memorialize a person or multiple people, during a tragic event. They are places that you can pay your respects to the deceased and serve as a reminder to the public of what has happened.


The Marine Corps War Memorial -  Rosslyn, Virginia, United States of America

The Marine Corps War Memorial is located in Rosslyn, Virginia near the Arlington National Cemetry. The memorial depicts six marines placing the US flag into the ground with the script “In honor and memory of the men of the United States Marine Cops who have given their lives to their country since 10 November 1775”. The based of the monument is comprised of granite while the soldiers are made of bonze. This memorial, serves as a reminder of all the Marine Corp service men and women who have died serving the United States.



Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Washington, D.C., United States of America

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is disputed to be one fo the most controversial memorials in the United States. This memorial is located underground to come face-to-face with a 247-foot black granite walls with over 58,000 peoples names inscribed, where viewers see the names of the dead and missing of the Vietnam War. The fact that the memorial is underground, was considered insulting to all those that lost their lived during the Vietnam War, yet when face with the thousands of names on the walls viewers are taken back emotionally.


Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France

One of Paris’ most monumental and symbolic memorials, located in the heart of Paris, is the Arc de Triomphe. The Arc is a vital memorial known across the world for its beautiful architecture and the importance it holds to French history. This memorial was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, in dedication to all those who have fought for the independence of France. On the inside of the arc, the names of the generals and the wards that they fought in are inscribed. At the base of the Arc, there is also the Tomb of the Unknown soldier, to symbolize all the lost lives during times of War.


Nelson’s Column – Trafalgar Square, London

Nelson’s Column located in Trafalgar Square is a memorial of an 18 feet statue standing on a 184 granite column facing towards the Palace of Westminster. Nelson’s Column was designed in 1838 by the architect William Railton to honour Haratio Nelson, the British Admiral who won the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. It is considered the biggest British marine victory in its history, against the French- Spanish fleet.


People’s Heroes Memorial – Beijing, China

One of the largest memorials in China resides in Beijing on the southern side of Tiananmen Square. Although Tiananmen Square is also of china’s largest memorials, this ten-story statue, designed by Liang Sicheng, made of marble and granite, commemorates all those who lost their lives during the 19th and 20th centuries revolutions.


If you have any further questions on the topic of unique memorials around the world, contact us at Hurd Funeral Home.


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