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A commemorative plaque, or simply plaque, is a plate of metal, ceramic, stone, wood, or other material, typically attached to a wall, stone, or other vertical surface, and bearing text in memory of an important figure or event.

A monumental plaque or tablet commemorating a deceased person or persons, can be a simple form of church monument.

World War I

First World War memorial plaque
After the First World War, the families of British and British Empire (now Commonwealth) service men and women killed during the conflict were presented with bronze Memorial plaques. The plaques, of about 125mm in diameter, were designed by the eminent sculptor and medallist, Edward Carter Preston.

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdommarker, blue plaques are attached to buildings to commemorate their association with important occupants or events.


As of December 2007, as the price of metal has increased, plaques have been the target of metal thieves wishing to resell the metal for cash.


Plaques are also given as awards instead of trophies or ribbons. Such plaques usually bear text describing the reason for the award and, often, the date of the award.


Image:AwardPlaque wb.jpg|An award plaque made of wood with a printed metal plate and a medallionImage:6208-PointLomaCabrilloCommemorativePlaque.jpg|Plaque at Cabrillo Monument, Point Loma, near San Diego, CA


  1. Hightower, Eve. [1] The Modesto Bee. 13 December 2007. Retrieved 26 December 2007.

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