com·​mem·​o·​ra·​tion | \ kə-ˌme-mə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce commemoration (audio) \

Definition of commemoration

1 : the act of commemorating
2 : something that commemorates

Examples of commemoration in a Sentence

Several well-known celebrities attended the commemoration.

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Her worthiness was like a public statue of the unknown soldier; her commemoration should be the safekeeping of educators and cultural guardians who make sure that students and the public receive proper information about our cultural heritage. Armond White, National Review, "Lillian Gish’s Genius Will Outlast Ava DuVernay and the Canon Wreckers," 26 June 2019 The September activities are a finale to a bustling year of 60th anniversary commemorations, celebrating the Detroit label that helped turn acts such as the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations and the Tops into global stars. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Motown Weekend to cap anniversary year with concert, gospel, golf: Full details here," 23 June 2019 That year also saw the first Earth Day commemoration, as well as the formation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, "Smoke on the Water: 50 Years After the Cuyahoga Fire," 20 June 2019 San Francisco’s Folsom Gulch leather community will soon have a permanent, public, first-in-the-nation commemoration of leather heritage in the city’s western South of Market neighborhood. Ashley Mcbride,, "SF’s leather community breaks ground at site celebrating culture’s emergence," 18 June 2019 According to the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, more than 200,000 people attended a commemoration in 2009, and 180,000 came out in 2014 for the 25th anniversary. James Griffiths, CNN, "Mass protest in Hong Kong over law critics fear could allow China to snatch anyone," 8 June 2019 While the focus of today’s #Dday75 commemorations age in Normandy, the Duke of Sussex is visiting the Royal Hospital Chelsea to review the Chelsea Pensioners at the annual Founder’s Day Parade. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Meets Veterans as He Commemorates the 75th Anniversary of D-Day," 6 June 2019 The only commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre to take place on Chinese soil — in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park — was risky for any mainland Chinese activist to attend. Robyn Dixon,, "As Hong Kong marked the Tiananmen Square massacre, this activist couldn’t stay away," 4 June 2019 For instance, during the recent commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, Trump took time out from his schedule to give an interview to Laura Ingraham of Fox News. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "As with Superheroes, Trump’s Superpowers Have Their Limitations," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of commemoration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of commemoration

: something (such as a special ceremony) that is intended to honor an important event or person from the past


com·​mem·​o·​ra·​tion | \ kə-ˌme-mə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce commemoration (audio) \

Kids Definition of commemoration

1 : the act of commemorating
2 : something (as a ceremony) that commemorates

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