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    anniversary or memorial?

    If someone is observing memorial day of loved one today, and it's been 10 years since the person died, is it ok to say " I am observing 10th anniversary of my friend's death today". Or should I say " I am observing 10th memorial of my friend's death today". Which is right?


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    Re: anniversary or memorial?

    Quote Originally Posted by loveydovey View Post
    If someone is observing memorial day of loved one today, and it's been 10 years since the person died, is it ok to say " I am observing the 10th anniversary of my friend's death today". Or should I say " I am observing the 10th memorial of my friend's death today". Which is right?
    I've not heard 'memorial' used this way. An 'anniversary' doesn't have to entail a happy event so 'the 10th anniversary' would be fine.

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    anniversary

    1: the annual recurrence of a date marking a notable event; broadly : a date that follows such an event by a specified period of time measured in units other than years <the 6-month anniversary of the accident>2: the celebration of an anniversary

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