Planning a Memorial

A memorial is not erected from one day to the next; it is the outcome of a project, which requires careful planning, support from many quarters and several years to complete.
It has taken 5 years for the Luxemburg Memorial Ground, an immense undertaking, to reach its present state. More trees still need to be planted.


If countries are to achieve a National Memorial by the end of the Decade of Action – 2020, then planning and work will need to start very urgently!


Below is an example of possible stages needed for a memorial to become a reality:

Stage 1

  • Appointment of a Project Manager over a longer period (2-3 years)
  • Initial consultation with organizations and individuals working in the road victim support and road safety fields, for feedback and approval. A resulting Project Committee, of members with skills and knowledge in relevant specialist fields, would be responsible for overseeing the project.
  • Further consultations, via working groups or forums, in order to generate widest support for the Memorial, ideas for its potential design and funding.
  • Collating a list of necessary components prior to inviting submissions, which would include: accessibility to the public, accessibility to disabled, right place for contemplation, safety, high artistic merit, cost-effectiveness, representativeness of citizens of the country, etc.
  • Appointment of a Panel to assess submissions and choose winning entry.

Stage 2

  • Planning the process from design to memorial and any work on the chosen site, by the Project Manager, overseen by Project Committee.

Stage 3

  • Placing the memorial.
  • Inauguration ceremony – the World Day of Remembrance is an ideal day!


National Memorials