Monuments serve two primary purposes. First, the design, purchase, and erection assist the survivors in overcoming their grief and getting through the difficult transition period in which people adjust to the loss of a loved one.

The second function of a monument is one that serves a far reaching purpose. Monuments and cemeteries serve as the primary visible link between the past, present and future. They are practically the only artifacts that survive for long periods of time outside of a museum. They are an integral part of our culture and heritage and serve as vital reminders of who we are and where we came from.

In an increasingly anonymous world many people are searching for their roots and a sense of identity. Monuments are especially valuable in this respect because they provide concrete evidence, acting as a 'time capsule' from the past. The knowledge that can be taken away from monuments is a tremendous asset that is a cornerstone of this very important search.

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