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 for commemoration
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Commemoration \Com*mem`o*ra"tion\, n. [L. commemoratio.]
     1. The act of commemorating; an observance or celebration
        designed to honor the memory of some person or event.
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              This sacrament was designed to be a standing
              commemoration of the death and passion of our Lord.
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              The commonwealth which . . . chooses the most
              flagrant act of murderous regicide treason for a
              feast of eternal commemoration.       --Burke.
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     2. Whatever serves the purpose of commemorating; a memorial.
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     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
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a ceremony to honor the memory of someone or something
           [syn: commemoration, memorialization,
      2: a recognition of meritorious service [syn: memorial,
         commemoration, remembrance]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  78 Moby Thesaurus words for "commemoration":
     anniversaries, anniversary, annual holiday, bicentenary,
     bicentennial, biennial, birthday, bissextile day, celebrating,
     celebration, centenary, centennial, ceremony, decennial,
     diamond jubilee, dressing ship, fanfare, fanfaronade, favor,
     festivity, flourish of trumpets, golden wedding anniversary,
     holiday, holy days, immovable feast, jubilee, keepsake, leap year,
     marking the occasion, memento, memento mori, memorabilia, memorial,
     memorialization, memorials, memories, memory, name day, natal day,
     observance, octennial, ovation, quadrennial, quasquicentennial,
     quincentenary, quincentennial, quinquennial, rejoicing, relic,
     religious rites, remembrance, remembrancer, revel, rite,
     ritual observance, salute, salvo, septennial, sesquicentennial,
     sextennial, silver wedding anniversary, solemn observance,
     solemnization, souvenir, tercentenary, tercentennial, testimonial,
     testimonial banquet, testimonial dinner, toast, token,
     token of remembrance, tribute, tricennial, triennial, triumph,
     trophy, wedding anniversary

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