Memorials to the Dead
The same respect and remembrance is shown in physical memorials to mark the loss of family members, political leaders, celebrities, and people who have died in disasters. Roadside memorials are among the most local and personal memorials. The loss of life on September 11, 2001, in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC, has been acknowledged with impromptu memorials and permanent monuments. The anniversary of 9/11 is marked by community events that allow people to share their collective grief and reaffirm their belief in American civic freedoms. In all memorials - whether small or large, local or national - displays of remembrance help temper grief by giving it expression and encouraging us to seek larger meaning in the deaths of those we love and respect.