A cenotaph is a monument to the dead, specifically those buried in another place. Cenotaphs are often erected in honor of war veterans.

A cenotaph — which is very similar to a tomb — is a memorial to the dead. Unlike a tomb, a cenotaph doesn’t contain the body of the person memorialized, because the remains are elsewhere or couldn’t be recovered. Across the United States, you can find cenotaphs for people who served in World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and other conflicts. Family members and other citizens leave flowers at cenotaphs to pay respect to the dead.

Definitions of cenotaph

n a monument built to honor people whose remains are interred elsewhere or whose remains cannot be recovered

empty tomb
Type of:
memorial, monument
a structure erected to commemorate persons or events

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