Parks as Memorials

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Women posing around a Civil War cannon displayed in Levee Park in Winona, Minnesota. Courtesy of the Winona County Historical Society via Minnesota Digital Library.

Urban and regional parks often serve as memorials for their communities.

They might be named in honor of an individual, like Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois, or of a group, like the innumerable "Veterans Memorial Parks" found across the United States, or Freedom Park in Charlotte, North Carolina.

They might contain a statue, monument, or artifact commemorating a person or event. Civil war cannons, tanks from one of the World Wars, and even retired airplanes can be found in parks across the US to honor veterans and remind their communities of residents who served their county.

Some parks contain plaques of dedication or informational displays to educate visitors about a person or historical event related to the location or community of the park.