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The Monument of Light in Dublin, Ireland

The Monument of Light in Dublin, Ireland

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Air Force Memorial at Arlington Cemetery

The Air Force Memorial at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, VA

Photo © Jackie Craven
North Pool Waterfall at the National 9/11 Memorial

North Pool Waterfall at the National 9/11 Memorial in New York

Photo © Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images

How can we best honor our dead? Should we pay tribute with realistic sculptures of our heroes? Or, will the monument be more meaningful and profound if we choose abstract forms?

Often the most powerful memorials — the monuments that stir strong emotion — are surrounded with controversy. The memorials listed here show various ways architects and designers have chosen to honor heroes, respond to tragedies, or commemorate important events.

World War II Monuments and Memorials:

 

World War I Monuments and Memorials:

 

September 11 Monuments and Memorials:

 

Holocaust Memorials:

 

Vietnam War Monuments and Memorials:

 

Korean War Monuments and Memorials:

 

Monuments to Leaders:

 

More Military Memorials:

 

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