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1 Recall and show respect for (someone or something)‘a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the war dead’‘a stone commemorating a boy who died at sea’
keep alive, keep going, keep in existence, preserve, conserve, sustain, maintain, continue, extend, carry on, keep up, cause to continue, prolongView synonyms
- ‘The Yasukuni is controversial because it commemorates Japan's military dead, including some who were convicted war criminals.’
- ‘Unlike Veterans Day, which commemorates living veterans, Memorial Day is expressly intended as a day to memorialize the sacrifice of men and women who have given their lives in uniform.’
- ‘More than 4,000 petals were dropped at a ceremony to commemorate police officers killed in the line of duty.’
- ‘Small wonder that many ex-Servicemen who survived the conflicts which claimed the lives of those commemorated on memorials such as this despair of what has become of the country they fought to protect.’
- ‘On Good Friday, continental Europeans commemorate that Christ was crucified and died to absolve our sins and give us eternal salvation.’
- ‘The medal was first established in 1856 after the end of the Crimean War to commemorate actions of extreme bravery in the face of the enemy.’
- ‘So he argued against the rich being able to commemorate their war dead with ornate personal graves.’
- ‘In subsequent years, the hour and day was set aside to commemorate the war dead of the Allied nations.’
- ‘How does the government intend to commemorate the war dead in the future?’
- ‘Having mourned their dead, commemorated their martyrs and heroes, all the peoples of Europe, including the Germans, recovered from their wounds, rebuilt their shattered cities.’
- ‘Youngsters have recited poetry to commemorate a century of war.’
- ‘Things began well, with a moving ceremony commemorating the firefighters who had lost their lives and honoring local firefighters who had gone to New York afterwards to help out.’
- ‘I have laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in Belfast to commemorate the British war dead.’
- ‘World leaders and thousands of people are commemorating a grim anniversary today.’
- ‘Together with many of his old comrades and his wife, Stella, Peter will be at a ceremony in Westminster to commemorate the anniversary of the battle.’
- ‘From April 8 people will be able to opt for a civic ceremony tailored to commemorate the life and times of their loved ones.’
- ‘The ceremony is held annually to commemorate the lives of all Irish people who have died in past wars or while on service with the United Nations.’
- ‘Veterans of one of the landmark battles of the Second World War were reunited in York at the weekend to commemorate the campaign.’
- ‘Sixty years on, that spirit is remembered and celebrated as 15 Heads of State participate in a ceremony which will commemorate the values the veterans fought for.’
- ‘Gabriel Fawcett investigates how the Germans commemorate the losses they sustained in the First and Second World Wars.’
- 1.1 Celebrate (an event, a person, or a situation) by doing or building something.‘it was a night commemorated in a song’
celebrate, pay tribute to, pay homage to, honour, salute, toastremember, recognize, acknowledge, observe, mark, memorialize, immortalize, keep alive the memory ofView synonyms
- ‘I danced into the morning to celebrate the coming-of-age of young men and fell asleep in a dark hut while marriages and deaths were commemorated in song.’
- ‘She has dealt with countless compensation claims from sufferers and their loved ones, including many of the Railway Works staff commemorated by the Swindon Disease memorial garden in Queen's Park.’
- ‘Halfway down the hill Hector Pieterson was shot and fell, on 16 June, and the spot is now commemorated with a stark stone memorial to the 12-year-old boy.’
- ‘The fight for independence during the past century is commemorated throughout the land by war memorials and museums displaying what are now known as the remnants of war.’
- ‘He was awarded the Trinity Cross in 1978, his portrait adorned two postage stamps and six calypso songs were penned to commemorate his triumph.’
- ‘I was born In The Summer Of '69, and a song was written to commemorate the occasion.’
- ‘In 1902 Martha Washington became the first American woman to be commemorated by a U.S. postage stamp.’
Late 16th century: from Latin commemorat- brought to remembrance from the verb commemorare, from com- altogether + memorare relate (from memor mindful).
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