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What is a Memorial?
  
Robert Gould Shaw Memorial
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What is a Memorial?
When we think of the word memorial, many different images may come to mind: a bronze or granite tombstone in our local cemetery, the George Washington Monument or other statue of a famous American, a park or museum built to honor lives lost in some tragic accident or war. These are all forms of memorialization.

A memorial may mourn a death, but it also celebrates a life! It announces to the world that someone or some group has passed through our world, and that journey has mattered. A public memorial is built when that person's or group's journey holds meaning for more than just family and friends.  In short, a public memorial asks all of us to keep someone or some group in our public memory so that the contributions and lessons of that individual life will not be forgotten. 

Memorials are built for a plethora of reasons. A person's life's work might be worthy of the honor; an individual might be the first in history to accomplish a great feat, or an group of people might be part of a great historical event/tragedy. Your memorial project asks you to memorialize someone because he/she is a humanitarian. A humanitarian is a person who devotes a great portion of his/her life to saving or improving human lives or alleviating the suffering or struggle of others through a vocation, social reform, philanthropy or political activism. 

 
Source: en.wikipedia.org

Here are some examples of public memorials. For each, can you determine WHY the person was considered a humanitarian? 

1. The Sojourner Truth Memorial Project. What are the reasons the committee gives for memorializing this heroic woman?  

2. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Why does this former President and governor of New York deserve a memorial. (not all former Presidents have them!)

3. The Elizabeth Blackwell Monument. Why was it so important for the people of Hobart and William Smith College to build a memorial to her?

4. In Saranac Lake, New York, there is a park and statue dedicated to Doctor Edward Trudeau. Why has he been honored?

5. You have all learned about Andrew Carnegie who had a heart of steel, but he also has multiples memorials throughout the United States and in Scotland. For what reason(s)?

6. Now to to this inspirational and tail wagging site and answer the question: Must one be human to be considered a humanitarian? Yes/No.

7. For inspiration, go to the Mattie Stepanek Park and play the video. Was Mattie a humanitarian at the age of 13? 


 

Soucre: flickr.com 

Let's review the reasons a person might be a humanitarian who deserves a public memorial:

The topic you select should fit one or more of these criteria):

a. did great work in chosen field/contribution to world.

b. was first to do something important for the public.

c. alleviated the suffering or improved the life of a group of people.    

d. used political activism/political office to improve society.  

e. educated the public about something important. 

f. donated money, time or expertise in a philanthropic endeavor.

g. displayed personal qualities which made this person a positive role model ( this alone doesn't make someone a humanitarian, but it strengthens your argument for that person).

h. overcame adversity/hardships/extra challenges (this doesn't make someone a humanitarian, but it strengthens the argument for that person).

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For Homework:

1. Select a person to research, using the Humanitarian List.

2. As you do research on this person, come up with as many reasons as you can find to build him/her a public memorial. Then, put your evidence on the graphic organizer.

 

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