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Monuments and Markers
Throughout time, people have desired to permanently commemorate those they have lost with monuments and grave markers. The Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and Mount Rushmore are magnificent examples, but one can find monuments to those loved and lost in cemeteries big and small across this country.
According to the Monument Builders of North America, monuments are priced according to size, color of material used, design and installation cost, plus whatever applicable cemetery charges are involved. Most monuments are made from reasonably priced granite, which comes in a wide range of colors. Marble is another option and bronze is often used for flat markers. Prices can range from under $1,000 for flat markers and simple upright monuments to $10,000 and higher for more elaborate ones.
When you are ready to design your tribute, visit a showroom to see the different styles of monuments or markers. Builders will help with design and then produce the memorial from inscription through installation. Once your design is completed, most monument builders will warranty their finished product against defects in material, workmanship, and installation.
Keep in mind that cemeteries have different rules on the size and types of monuments and markers it allows, so check with them before commissioning yours. A monument builder is a good source of information on cemetery policies in your community.