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Citizen Memorials
Many people have left a significant impact on a community, friends, and loved ones to have had a permanent memorial erected in their honour. This category is dedicated to those places around the world where you find a memorial of some kind.
Expanded Description:
People often are touched by somebody special and frequently they want to recognize that person’s influence on a community by erecting a permanent memorial to that person.

At times family and friends commemorate people who may have not, on the surface, had large impact on a community; nevertheless these types of memorials are just as important. The goal of this category is to capture these permanent memorials around the world.

Memorials are as unique as the person they honour. It could be a plaque, a sign, a cenotaph, a cairn, or some other unique object. However, to meet the requirements of this category it must be a permanent object.

Memorials are generally done posthumously, however occasionally commemorative markers are installed during the life time of the person or group honoured. Both types are accepted in this category.

Memorials have different names depending on the design. While the category does not distinguished between the various types, below is a reference to what they could be called.

Memorial: Something designed to preserve the memory of a person.

Cairn: A heap of stones set up as a landmark, monument, etc.

Monolith: An obelisk, column, large statue, etc., formed of a single block of stone.

Obelisk: A tapering, four-sided shaft of stone, usually monolithic and having a pyramidal apex.

Plaque: An inscribed commemorative tablet, usually of metal placed on a building, monument, or the like.

Submission guidelines

Submissions to the Citizen Memorial category are more general guidelines as it is difficult to have strict rules. However, please take a moment to read below to see the general direction of the category.

Essentially any form of memorial that honours an individual or a group of individuals that are remembered for any reason. However, this category has exceptions are noted below.

Not allowed waymarks

Please do not submit any of the following that would fall into other existing categories. These include but not limited to:

  • Military personnel who died in action.

  • Police officers who died in the line of duty.

  • Dedicated benches.

  • Firefighter memorials.

  • Occupational memorials.

  • Disaster memorials.

  • Dedicated trees.

  • Buildings or bridges named after people.

  • Towns or cities named after people.

  • Sculptures or busts of the person(s). These can fit under Statues of Historic Figures.

  • Also monuments and memorials to people listed at this link, People (History).

  • Roadside memorials to traffic accident victims are not be included here.

  • Any type of headstone, however a general memorial to people in a cemetery is acceptable as long as it is clearly not a headstone nor one of the non allowed categories above.

  • If you are uncertain if something falls into this category submit it and the reviewers will see if it does come under this heading.

Instructions for Posting a Citizen Memorials Waymark:
Please review what is acceptable and not acceptable for this category in the Expanded Description before submitting. There are some changes in effect as of March 18th, 2012.


  • Find a cenotaph, a cairn, a plaque, or similar object that is dedicated to an individual or a group of people.

  • Photos: Minimum of two photos. Do not include your GPS unit in the photos.
    (1) An overall picture of the memorial in context of its location; and

    (2) A close up of the sign. (Do not make this photo your ‘default waymark image’ unless there can be no other photo.)

  • Name: Name of the memorial – Community, (State/Province), Country.

  • Detailed description: This is optional as sometimes there is very little information available on the monument or the people it is dedicated to. If possible, try to discuss the significance of the memorial.

    The full text of the Citizen Memorial plaque and/or sign must be included in the detailed description. [Effective March 18th, 2012]

  • Website: If there is more information available please list it here. This can be about the memorial or the person or persons it is dedicated to.

  • Location: Often memorials are in parks, plazas, and other named places, please include this information.
  • Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
    Add another photo of the memorial. You and/or your GPS can be in the photo, but this isn't necessary.
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    Citizen MemorialsMarie Mösner - Salzburg, Austria

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    A memorial plaque for Marie Mösner is located on the Stassny clothing shop in downtown Salzburg, Austria.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist

    location: Salzburg, Austria

    date approved: 9/12/2014

    last visited: 9/11/2014

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    Citizen MemorialsGestapo Victims - Salzburg, Austria

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    A plaque honoring victims of the Gestapo is located on the outside wall of the former Franciscan Monastery in Salzburg, Austria.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist

    location: Salzburg, Austria

    date approved: 9/16/2014

    last visited: never

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