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"Go into the middle of the Jordan, in front of the Ark of the LORD your God. Each of you must pick up one stone and carry it out on your shoulder—twelve stones in all, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the LORD's Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever."
Joshua, Joshua 4:5-7, The Bible
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This index is for tropes that relate to anything built or created to memorialize someone or something. These are typically created to honor a person — usually dead but possibly alive if the Setting is a People's Republic of Tyranny — or to celebrate a great victory.

Related to Spectacle and Victory and Defeat. See also Death Tropes (which often mark the occasion for memorials), Funeral Tropes, and Breaking and Destruction Tropes (since they often suffer this fate). For Real Life examples of famous statues and monuments, go to the Art page.

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