1. The act of commemorating; an observance or celebration designed to honor the memory of some person or event.
This sacrament was designed to be a standing commemoration of the death and passion of our Lord. --Abp. Tillotson.
The commonwealth which . . . chooses the most flagrant act of murderous regicide treason for a feast of eternal commemoration. --Burke.
2. Whatever serves the purpose of commemorating; a memorial.
Commemoration day, at the University of Oxford, Eng., an annual observance or ceremony in honor of the benefactors of the University, at which time honorary degrees are conferred.
n 1: a ceremony to honor the memory of someone or something [syn:
2: a recognition of meritorious service [syn: memorial, remembrance]