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National Memorial is a designation in the United Statesmarker for a protected area, that memorializes a historic person or event. National memorials are authorized by the United States Congress. The memorial is often not located on a site directly related to the subject and many, such as the USS Arizona Memorialmarker, do not have the word "national" in their titles. The earliest and perhaps most recognizable National Memorial is the uniquely designated Washington Monument.

Most national memorials are owned and administered by the National Park Service; however, some are administered by other organizations, but are considered affiliated areas of the National Park Service. The owners of the affiliated areas may request certain assistance from that agency in maintaining the memorial.

As with all historic areas within the National Park System, national memorials are automatically listed on the National Register of Historic Places; however, some memorials that are affiliated areas are not listed on the Register.

Occasionally, a private organization will erect a memorial and use the word "national" in the name, without Congressional authorization. Apparently this is not illegal, except perhaps if the organization implies federal affiliation. While these are intended to be national in scope, they are not "National Memorials", in the sense that they have the recognition of the American people, through its government. One example is the George Washington Masonic National Memorialmarker.

Other national memorials include the Oklahoma City National Memorialmarker, remembering the tragic events of the 19 April 1995, bombing of the Alfred P.marker Murrah Federal Buildingmarker and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, currently undergoing construction in New York Citymarker.

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