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Introducing Memorials and Monuments

Use these photographs of various monuments and memorials to get students thinking about the role and purpose of monuments in a society.
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At a Glance

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English — US


  • History
  • Social Studies
  • Democracy & Civic Engagement

FDNY Battalion 9 Memorial

This memorial commemorates the New York City firefighters of Battalion 9 who lost their lives on September 11.

Elwood j blues, CC BY-SA 3.0

The Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial, which overlooks the National Mall in Washington, D.C., honors the life and death of the 16th US president.

Izx, CC BY-SA 3.0

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

This memorial in Washington, D.C. contains the names of Americans who fought and died in the Vietnam War.

Kkmd, CC BY-SA 3.0


Stolpersteine (stumbling stones) in Sušice, Czech Republic, mark the site where the four members of the Gutmann family lived before they were murdered in the Holocaust. 

David Sedlecký, CC BY-SA 4.0

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