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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Com·mem·o·rate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Commemorated; p. pr. & vb. n. Commemorating.]  To call to remembrance by a special act or observance; to celebrate with honor and solemnity; to honor, as a person or event, by some act of respect or affection, intended to preserve the remembrance of the person or event; as, to commemorate the sufferings and dying love of our Savior by the sacrament of the Lord's Supper; to commemorate the Declaration of Independence by the observance of the Fourth of July.
    We are called upon to commemorate a revolution.   --Atterbury.
 Syn: -- See Celebrate.