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September 24, 2008

What is A Roadside Highway Memorial

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A roadside Highway Memorial is a marker that commemorates a site where a person died suddenly and unexpectedly, away from home. Unlike a grave site headstone, which marks where a body is laid, the memorial marks the last place on earth where a person was alive – although in the past travelers were of necessity often buried where they fell.
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Usually the memorial is created and maintained by family members or friends of the person who died. The marker may be a memorial cross or a plaque with an inscription, and decorated with flowers or wreaths. Decorations may include personal mementos. The most basic and commonest type of memorial is simply a bunch of flowers, real or plastic, taped to street furniture or a tree trunk, and usually with a handwritten message.

Roadside Memorial

Known as Descansos in the Southwestern United States, they are common at historic Parajes on old long distance trails, and originally marked the graves of people who died while traveling.

A descanso may be decorated specially for the holidays, and for significant anniversaries in the person’s life. A descanso for a child may be decorated with special toys, even toy vignettes of family life, and votive candles may be placed there on special nights.

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