Commemorative plaque


Commemorative plaque

A commemorative plaque, or simply plaque, is a plate of metal, ceramic, stone, wood, or other material, typically attached to a wall, stone, or other vertical surface, and bearing text in memory of an important figure or event. A monumental plaque or tablet commemorating a deceased person or persons, can be a simple form of church monument.

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World War I

Memorial Arch in Kingston, Ontario honouring alumni killed before and during World War I

After the First World War, the families of British and British Empire (now Commonwealth) service men and women killed during the conflict were presented with bronze Memorial plaques. The plaques, of about 125 millimetres (4.9 in) in diameter, were designed by the eminent sculptor and medallist, Edward Carter Preston.

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, blue plaques are attached to buildings to commemorate their association with important occupants or events.

Theft

As the price of scrap metal has increased plaques have been the target of metal thieves wishing to resell the metal for cash.[1]

Awards

Plaques are also given as awards instead of trophies or ribbons. Such plaques usually bear text describing the reason for the award and, often, the date of the award.

Examples

See also

  • Parting stone

References

  1. ^ Hightower, Eve (13 December 2007). "Stanislaus supervisor wants recycling ordinance used to fight metal theft regionally". The Modesto Bee. http://www.modbee.com/local/story/150813.html. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 

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