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commemorate

verb [T] uk   /kəˈmem.ə.reɪt/ us  
C2 to remember officially and give respect to a great person or event, especially by a public ceremony or by making a statue or special building: Gathered all together in this church, we commemorate those who lost their lives in the war. A statue has been built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the poet's birthday.
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