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commemorative (adj) honoring the memory of; helping to remember and respect an important person or event of the past.
When a commemorative stamp is issued, it is issued to honor a great person of the past, or to remember a great event of the past. A memorial erected in honor of soldiers who laid down their lives for the sake of their country is a commemorative structure. Memorials are built to help the present or the future generations remember great events of the past, or the great persons of the past. Such memorials are commemorative. For example, the Taj Mahal is commemorative of the Indian emperor Shah Jahan's beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. That is, he had it built in memory and honor of his queen.
- In every country postal stamps issued on special occasions are commemorative of the great persons of the country and of significant events in their history, and help people to remember the people and the events.
- The Lincoln Memorial which attracts a large number of tourists is commemorative of the great President, Abraham Lincoln, whose lifelike image helps us to remember his heroic role in the abolition of slavery.